Today brings devastating news for the New York fashion industry: Annabel Tollman, beloved stylist to stars like Scarlett Johansson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Liv Tyler, and former Fashion Director at Interview Magazine, has died. She was 39. According to sources close to the situation, Tollman passed away in her sleep Wednesday night from a blood clot, possibly due to complications from a recent minor surgery.
Tollman was born in Brussels to British parents and raised between Upstate New York and England. She moved to New York in 2002 and quickly endeared herself to the fashion industry here as much because of her wit as her amazing fashion sense. She was named one of Hollywood’s most powerful stylists by the Hollywood Reporter in 2011. In addition to her work as a celebrity stylist, Tollman held positions at Interview Magazine and Wallpaper* and worked with industry luminaries like Karl Lagerfeld and Bruce Weber.
In a New York Times profile pegged to her appointment, in 2010, as eBay’s stylist and spokeswoman she said, ““My whole way of thinking is, your life is almost like a movie, and you are costuming each day as you go.” To her clients she said, “Make a fairy tale and go and live in it.”
Fashion industry insiders took to Twitter and Facebook this morning to share their grief.
“Annabel Tollman was one of the first people I met when I moved to New York. I was in college and I was young and silly and ambitious,” Derek Blasberg wrote in a Facebook post. “She was sweet and smart and drop dead sexy. She was till the end.”
Natalie Joos tweeted: “Remembering Annabel Tollman, a beautiful Muse and friend. Rest in Peace love….Sweet Annabel, I wanted to have so many more laughs with you this summer. We had fun.”
“Rest in peace lovely @annabeltollman the world is now a little less beautiful without you #rip” Peter Som tweeted.
“Honestly everyone I know is utterly heartbroken,” Mickey Boardman, a close friend of Tollman’s, told us over email.
“I’m sure everyone will say Annabel was so glamorous and beautiful and made stars look better than they’ve ever looked but really to me she was just a really and truly sweet person,” he continued. “The kind of person your mother would meet and say, ‘Now that’s a good girl.’”