It’s a little past noon as guests filter through the grand hall of Fabrikken in Sundholm.
Translated as “The Factory,” the creative complex is home to a collection of artist and designer studios. Fittingly, it has a distinctly artsy feel. Think: A patchwork-like floor of concrete, wood, and faded white paint, like an error erased with correction fluid. A gabled roof pierced by skylights. A paned window on one side, letting in gorgeous rays of sun — a muse for any kind of creative.
Maybe I’m not entirely off here; Skall Studio’s fall-winter 2024 collection titled “Letters,” after all, is inspired by a creative exercise — the art of writing. “We have always had something in our hearts and minds that we wish to share through our work,” the press release reads. “Writing letters about life and people that inspire us. Sharing the stories of someone who also have something in their hearts and minds.”
More specifically, founders and creative directors Julie and Marie Skall focused on the literary scene of New York in the ’60s. (This extends in many directions — from American writer and journalist Joan Didion to Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. Oh, and even Bob Dylan.) The collection echoes that vibe. The bookish mood is set as soon as the first look appears on the runway: an easy-shaped gray coat and chunky scarf flung over the shoulder.
We see a structured blazer worn on top of an ultra-crisp button-up. (And is that a scarf peeking from underneath the collar?) We see a scholarly shirt-sweater combination underneath a checked coat. All of this is styled with a pair of straight-leg jeans and the most important accessory of all — a Moleskine-style notebook. (In fact, several models walk down the runway clutching newspapers and notebooks.) In another look, an easy turtleneck and a warm plaid skirt keep things comfortable and chic — perfect for running from café to home to bookstore.