You can almost hear the commotion. The buzz of skateboards. The whir of wheels sliding on a smooth ledge. The rattle of a sloppy landing.
We’re seated in The Skatepark, a world-class skating complex that’s a skater’s equivalent of Disneyland. And though there are no skateboarders careening around here today, the energy of this place is high – thanks to its bright and airy architecture, the sunlight streaming through the skylight, and the colorful street art all over its floors.
A high-voltage, high-volume soundtrack – “Thorn” by My Bloody Valentine – amps us up even more as the first model steps onto the runway, weaving his way from one side of the skatepark to the other. From afar, the head-to-toe print set looks a lot like a designer’s take on pink camouflage, but upon closer inspection, I realize this isn’t the print of disguise I know. The motifs here are flowers – roses, in particular.
To Finnish-Swedish designer Rolf Ekroth, this sentimental symbol is a lens through which he examines the past – a literal interpretation of “rose-tinted glasses” which offers a way of looking at things with renewed affection. And that’s exactly the premise of Rolf’s spring-summer 2024 show. Titled “Missing,” the collection taps into the many different interpretations of the word. A longing for the past. An absence of simple joys in the modern world. A missing piece of the puzzle.