FRANKfurt Style Award 2016: We are proud to be members of the jury!

FRANKfurt Style Award 2016: We are proud to be members of the jury! 1800 1358 Galia Brener

Fashion is finally squeezing itself into our little city with a big attitude and we are very happy and proud to be a part of it. It’s coming to us in the form of an award and the name is FRANK! My favorite designer and friend, Albrecht Ollendiek and I will be members of the jury, selecting the finalists that will be announced at the gala event on September 23rd, 2016.

What, or better, who the hell is FRANK? This is the new name given to the Frankfurt Style Award, which takes place every year in our city. This talent contest encourages fashion design students from all over the world to send in their spectacular creations, in order to win the best FRANK award. This year, we had applications from Germany, China, Italy, Ireland, Singapore, Israel, Poland, USA, India, France, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Indonesia, Russia and many more countries! Over the last few years, the Frankfurt Style Award has gained a large popularity, and this year the gala will take place at the beautiful Alte Oper building, in the heart of Frankfurt.

I cannot express how excited I am to be part of the jury for FRANK! I’m always happy when young designers get a chance to show their visions to the world and make a difference in the fashion scene, not to mention get a great opportunity to produce their first collection!

Last week I met with Albrecht Ollendiek and asked him a few questions:


Gali: What was your first fashion inspiration?

Albrecht: Old Vogue Magazines when I was 8

Gali: What do you love about fashion?

Albrecht: Being completely free and independent

Gali: What inspires you now?

Albrecht: The old spirit of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the drag Make Up of Make Up Artist Miss Fame

Gali: What are your future goals?

Albrecht: Keeping on working for and with great people

Gali: How do you feel about being a jury member of FRANK?

Albrecht: Proud


In my opinion, Albrecht is one of the finest couturiers in Germany. His exclusive visions and creations are some of the most unique that I have seen and are definitely an inspiration for me. Albrecht says that his style is characterized by a quiet, deliberately unspectacular luxury. No “In” or “Out”, but rather a continuous and perpetual metamorphosis of his special handwriting. His fashion philosophy is, “It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.”

Aside from Albrecht Ollendiek and myself, there are a few more renowned members of the jury, such as Duncan Liu, fashion designer and expert from China, René Lang, Angelica Kaminsky, CEO und Founder of The Haute Future Fashion Academy in Milan. Last but not least, a guest of honor from France, Dominique Deroche, who served as right hand to Yves Saint Laurent for over 40 years and currently acts as representative of the Foundation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent.

When asked about the Frankfurt Style Award, Dominique Deroche answered, “Frankfurt Style Award is a fantastic opportunity for international talents at the beginning of their ambitious career path. Having worked closely together with Yves Saint Laurent for more than 40 years, I know that he would appreciate my engagement in this International Talent Contest for Fashion & Design.”

I, as well as the other jury members, am beyond thrilled for this exciting upcoming event. I will wear a fabulous gown designed by Albrecht Ollendiek, and will blog live videos and photos from the event gala for you on my Instagram and Facebook pages. Keep an eye out for my posts at: &

Have a lovely weekend,

Your Gali

I am wearing all Albrecht Ollendiek designs in the photos.

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S.Pellegrino and Vogue Italia 2015

S.Pellegrino and Vogue Italia 2015 1200 944 Galia Brener

I was having a business lunch today at a very cute Italian restaurant in Frankfurt, when something interesting caught my eye. The green S.Pellegrino bottle on out table had a unique design on it, which is normally not there. Upon closer examination, I saw their traditional red 5-point star, surrounded with illustrated figures of women eating, drinking and carrying a breadbasket with baguette in it. How lovely and intriguing.


So of course being the curious cat that I am, I had to investigate further. Apparently this is a special edition bottle that is dedicated to Vogue Italia. What a wonderful cooperation: Fashion meets health. But wait, it gets even better!


S.Pellegrino is hosting a competition called the “S.pellegrino Young Chef 2015” on June 25-26th, in Milano, during the Expo. For this reason, Vogue Italia has gone into this wonderful cooperation, and both will give a chance for young talented chefs and designers from all over the world to show their magic and win the grand title. Their challenge is to come together and make a wonderful composition of taste, art and fashion. Wow what a great chance for young people to show what they’re made of – a true once in a life-time, dream chance!


The most thrilling part of the event – the finalists selection – will be done by a group of well-known food connoisseurs, and the young fashion talents will be chosen by the editorial staff of Vogue Italia themselves. That will be quite a dramatic event. I am really looking forward to that.


Bravo to both S.Pellegrino & Vogue Italia for supporting and giving young people a chance to achieve success and show their unique talent worldwide! I pay great respect to you and support your kindness.







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