Brussels-born Tollman grew up in London (and graduated from the city’s renowned fashion college, Central St. Martins), but made her mark primarily amid New York’s fashion industry. She worked as fashion director at both Wallpaper and Interview magazines for a number of years — and styled many of the latter’s memorable mid-2000’s covers — before making the switch to styling celebrities full-time in 2008. Her clients included Scarlett Johansson, Liv Tyler, the Olsen twins and Kristen Wiig. Johannson told E!, “Annabel was the epitome of class and elegance, the English Rose personified… I will miss her friendship deeply.”
The Hollywood Reporter included her in their list of 2011’s most powerful Hollywood stylists; The Cut features many of their best Tollman-directed looks in a gallery here. She had also been a spokesperson for eBay fashion, partnered with e-tail brands and written for numerous fashion magazines.
Amid condolences and endearing remembrances from within the industry, Tollman’s friends and family left the following message on her Facebook page earlier today:
We thank you all for honoring our beloved Annabel. Her beauty, spirit and love will remain in our hearts always. At this time, there is not confirmation of what caused this tragedy and we ask that you respect Annabel’s privacy, legacy and honor and continue to think of her her just as she was, perfect in every way. When we have news to share regarding memorial services and celebrating her life, we will be sure to make an announcement.