Mother-Daughter Gallerists Helen and Tamar Zenith's Sculptural Style | Calgary's Best Dressed 2018

Using black clothing as their canvas, the co-directors of Newzones Gallery each craft their own style statements with eye-catching accessories.



 

Photograph by Colin Way

styling by Kara Chomistek and Jessie Li; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson

On Helen, Raquel Allegra top from Primitive Culture; vest by Planet from BB1 Culture; arches shoes from Nordstrom; necklaces were purchased at an art gallery in New York; bracelet purchased from an art gallery in Vancouver; glasses by Mykita from the Brass Monocle. On Tamar, Balenciaga dress from Nordstrom; necklace purchased at an art gallery in New York; cuff by Saint Laurent; shoes by Cole Haan; bag by Prada

 

Helen and Tamar Zenith, the mother-daughter co-directors of Newzones Gallery, share a passion for the arts and a love of fashion. The pair curate their ensembles much like the exhibitions in their gallery, beginning with a blank canvas — black clothing in this case — and building upon it for artful effect. Tamar usually starts her outfits with a pair of tights and a tunic, adding asymmetrical layers and fine jewellery pieces and finishing with boots or sandals. Now in her 70s, Helen prefers loose-fitting silhouettes in black paired with exotic jewellery pieces and is never without her signature oversized eyewear and big hair. 

Tamar credits Helen for inspiring in her a love for abstract beauty in both art and fashion. She can’t recall ever seeing her mother not looking stylish and put-together. “I don’t think she has ever worn a pair of jeans or sweats,” Tamar says. Just as daughter looks to mother for style inspiration, Helen says she often consults Tamar before making major purchases. “I trust Tamar,” Helen says. “Sometimes I’ll send her a picture of something I’ve seen and ask her if I should even go there.”

 

Photograph by Colin Way

styling by Kara Chomistek and Jessie Li; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson

Clockwise from left: On Tamar, Marni top and necklace from Holt Renfrew; bag by Tom Ford; gold bracelet from personal collection; pink bracelet by Alexander McQueen; shoes by Valentino. On Helen, Eileen Fisher top and Alexander Wang shoes all from Nordstrom; shawl by Annette Görtz from Blu’s; necklace from callidas; glasses by Thierry Lasry from the Brass Monocle; braided bracelet by Alor from Holt Renfrew; beaded bracelets by Miranda Morrow; watch by Bell & Ross •  Close-up view of necklaces on Helen from main image • Marni top from Holt Renfrew; bag by Tom Ford; gold bracelet from Tamar’s personal collection; pink bracelet by Alexander McQueen; purple bracelet by Hermès.

 

This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 

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