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stutterheim19.jpg Guilt, self-hatred and raincoats

Fashion designers let themselves get influenced by all manner of mad stuff but Alexander Stutterheim is really pushing it when he says that his latest collection of raincoats was inspired by director Ingmar Bergman’s doom-laden 1969 film ‘En Passion’.

So then: ‘En Passion’ (or ‘The Passion of Anna’ to give it its English title). It concerns Andreas, a fella struggling with the demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation. He befriends a married couple who are – surprise surprise – also in the midst of psychological turmoil. He then meets Anna who is – naturally – grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. Andreas and Anna get it on, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Oh – there’s also someone going around committing random acts of animal cruelty. If you’re thinking: Hey! That sounds like the kind of film that would inspire a rather natty range of raincoats, then you’ve got more imagination than myself. Explain yourself Stutterheim: “The lifework of Ingmar Bergman has always served as a great source of inspiration and ‘En Passion’ is one of my personal favourites. It’s not only the mood in the film that appeals to me, but also the surroundings. The colours of the Spring/Summer 19 collection are inspired by the coastal landscape of Fårö, the island where the movie is set.” Coming soon: an autumn/winter collection of trousers inspired by ‘Schindler’s List’.

Seek: stutterheim.com