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.”