• adidas + UO: Michael Lockley

    The future is now. For our new + exclusive adidas campaign, we teamed up with 19 up-and-coming creative minds that our shaping our cultural landscape. Scroll on to go behind the scenes of our Fall 2016 campaign and meet the creatives who are working to #createourfuture. 

    Brooklyn-born model Michael Lockley is on his way becoming an icon. With his casual off-duty style, Lockley is making waves throughout the fashion industry, appearing on runways around the world, and popping up in candid street-style shots with the likes of Virgil Abloh and Luka Sabbat
    Lead photo by Petra Collins

    Photo by Braina Laviena  @picsfortipz 

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? 
    I was born in Queens, raised in Brooklyn. I used to play basketball at a Catholic school. I was really a basketball player. That never really worked out too well, my dream for that. Just a whole big controversy, and different stuff that happened there. 

    I left, and started doing home schooling. My mom was into fashion, so she showed an agent a picture of me. He was like, "Beautiful, this and that". He gave a list of agencies to my mother. I went to Red, and they signed me up with them. When she asked if I wanted to try it out I thought, "Sure, why not?”. I was down for anything, I didn't really care.

    Has it surprised you? 
    Sure. It's really cool, I'm learning so much. I actually didn't know I had this in me. To be this cool. It shows other sides of my talent. 

    What’s the first thing you can ever remember making? 
    I think it was a clay pot at art class. It was this clay thing we made, it was like a pot. It was tight

    Do you still have it? 
    I think I do, actually. I gave it to my mom. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

    In terms of, you work on a lot of shoots and everything. What do you think makes a powerful image?
    It depends on the mood they're going for. But I just go with the vibe, or the theme, of what they really want. I just take out that inner fear and express that theme as much as I can in that picture.

    Why are you the way you are?
    Because I was raised good, and I have good friends, and I'm just cool. I'm just really relaxed. I'm very careless sometimes, of things that are not really important. I'm just really chill.

    Is there a moment in your career where you first felt like you had succeeded? 
    Definitely. Louis Vuitton for sure, was one of my biggest shows. I feel like that led me over to here, to the position I'm at right now. Which is good, but I'm not done yet. Doing Louis Vuitton for my first time, exclusively in Paris, was amazing. First of all, me going to Paris was insane. To have that experience going to Paris, my first time ever, it was just amazing. Learning about the people there, and stuff like that. I didn't spend that much time there, but just being there at that very moment was pretty tight.

    Have you had a chance to go back? 
    Yeah, I've been to Paris again. Doing that show was really nerve wracking. It was a huge designer, huge amazing show, huge press. I had the chills because I was nervous as hell. I was the only outstanding one, colored. It was like, “Holy shit, this is really cool". Then the spotlight was all on me. It was tight. I felt good going out there. I just wanted to get over with it, but I just wanted it to be perfect. I didn't want to mess up and look stupid out there.

    Do you feel like your work transcends boundaries? 
    For sure. Because the things I'm doing now are more about style, you don't actually need to have cool pieces to have style. You don't need designer clothes to have style. There's a lot of cool kids that ... They're influencers, don't get me wrong, but most of their pieces are just the same brands, and things like that, just designer stuff. Me, I'm very casual. Which is cool, and people appreciate that. I'm just giving them that vibe that, you could do it this way, or you could do it that way. I do it both ways. I do designer ways, I do ventures. I have so many ways. You could just do it, that's what I'm trying to express to people out there. Be yourself, and love what you're wearing.

    What do you think our future looks like? 
    Cool style, and people just being themselves in cool ways. keeping it simple. That’s about it. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

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