Maybe she’s born with it. Miss Tolly Gregory is an aspiring fashion designer, impressive illustrator and talented fashion blogger. With a former Mulberry handbag designer as a mother, Tolly’s natural knack for fashion and style is pretty much inevitable, but the real deal is her age. One look at her blog, Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion and you’ll be shocked to find out Tolly is just 12-years young.
This English fashionista recently made the move from the streets of Great Britain to the vineyards of France. Her wardrobe is full of practical pieces, bold prints and Tolly often completes her geeky-chic look with what else, her favorite accessory, the beret!
Tolly loves Pinterest, Spring mornings and looking at pretty dresses. She’s on her way to online fashion stardom and we got the chance to have an exclusive chat with the rising starlet.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to get closer to my dream. I didn’t know too much about blogging before I started, but now it’s like my life (well except from school). I love talking to people and seeing what’s new. I love blogging about things that are current but still different to what everybody else is talking about.
Your mother is a former Mulberry handbag designer. What was it like growing up with her?
She has always said to me I carry on from her, and I will finish what she started. Which is true I guess!
I think the best part is that she knows how to do things and knows what works well. It also means she has an artistic eye, so I can always go to her for help. When I was younger, I only knew who Chanel & Vivienne Westwood were. I didn’t know much about other designers until I started blogging.
What kind of advice does your mother give you about the fashion industry?
She knows quite a lot. Every time I’m watching something about fashion and she’s in the room, she says “that’s not what it’s really like” or “I’ll show you how you can do better than that”. So, I guess when I get to that stage, I know who to turn to!
Sky’s the Limit! You’re an aspiring fashion designer and your sketches are just gorgeous! What do you want your collection to be like?
My collection would be a mix between classic pieces and my own bold prints and accessories. My looks would be basic and simple, but someone could always put their own twist on it.
You were born in Britain and you reside in France now. How have these two countries influenced you?
We only moved to France in September 2012, so we haven’t completely settled in yet. Where I live in France, the fashion isn’t what you’d think it would be. Though this could be explained by the fact I’m always near the countryside!
Britain is definitely more fashion-filled in my opinion, although a lot of designers were born in France. Because there are so many designers in this country, it’s influenced me a lot and it shows that I am in the right place, even if I can’t take street style snaps.
You say you have the biggest passion for fashion. Ever. What is it about fashion that makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
It’s the fact that you can never go wrong! Well, I lie, you can. What I mean is that you can express yourself without having to say anything! It’s easier to put your favourite outfit on and show your personality than talking to someone about yourself. When I become a designer (fingers crossed) I hope I can help people become more confident with what they wear because I think that’s something everybody struggles with.
What fellow bloggers do you draw inspiration from?
There are a lot, but right now I am loving Becky from Becky Bedbug. She is so honest and lovely. I think she shows that you don’t have to be size 0 and have the designer dresses to look fab, you just have to be yourself.