Mein Freund, der Baum

A search for truth in the depths of the forest

“The Grimms themselves were fascinated by the forest […] Their tales were for them signs and traces of the past and present that enabled them to glean essential truths about the German people […] even more than an Erziehungsbuch, their collection is historically like an enchanted forest that can illuminate the past while providing hope for the future.”–Jack Zipes (The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World).

The holiday spirit provides the right moment to start unveiling our new issue of Achtung called „Schneewittchen im Schwarzwald“ which is all about fashion and forest.

A couple of trees that stand together don’t make a forest. There must be many, lots of them, close together. The massive trunks stretch up to the sky, like columns that support the mighty vault of the treetops. This is how nature builds its green cathedrals out of wood and leaves.  
Hyper ventilation and kitsch are inevitable when talking about the forest. Especially about the German forest. The romantics called the forest the “reverberation chamber of the soul”. Here people have always found the peace and quiet to listen deep inside them. Was something bothering them? The forest gave comfort.

The forest, a mythical place. The fairy tales and legends that every child knows play here. “Once upon a time,” they begin. They are teeming with witches, ghosts, wizards, fairies, dragons and wolves all lurking in the forest. The forest stimulates our imagination.

The fairy tale forest. The Black Forest. It is Germany’s most powerful forest. “Abnoba”, that is what the Roman historian Tacitus called the mysterious forest in Germania, already 2000 years ago.

Poets, painters, musicians have immortalized him. Till today. “I’m in the forest. I may be late,” writes Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke. Forest means delay. Release from the internal clock. Self-discovery.

German forest. The epitome of home. Now it is suddenly threatened. From the bark beetle. From climate change. “Waldsterben”. Will it still exist in ten or twenty years?

Corona. The cities are contaminated. We long for nature. For fresh air. For freedom.

The forest is good. The forest is the topic of the hour.

Achtung dedicates him an entire issue.

The forest. A place of truth. A manifest to what goes around comes around.

“Between 2015 and 2020, the rate of deforestation was estimated at 10 million hectares per year, down from 16 million hectares per year in the 1990s. The area of primary forest worldwide has decreased by over 80 million hectares since 1990.” (FAO)

Maike Inga in the Black Forest wearing: Suit AMI, turtleneck BRIONI, hat DIOR HOMME and boots MIU MIU.