Eva Polis and Zach Polis | Edmonton’s Best Dressed 2020

Known for their statement-making hairdos and head-turning senses of style, this mother and son dress with intention.

Hoodie by Vetements, from VSP Consignment; jade cape by Balenciaga, from Nordstrom Rack; black jeans by Topshop, from Hudson’s Bay; black high heels by Jimmy Choo, from Holt Renfrew; gloves from Swish; purse with dog by Givenchy, from Kirna Zabête. Photograph by Aaron Pedersen; Styling by Alyssa Habchi; Hair by Amy Laing; Makeup by Nada Govic; Letters by Colton Ponto.
Black and pink blazer by Paul Smith, from Simons; Winona shirt by IDEA, from IDEA online. Photograph by Aaron Pedersen; Styling by Alyssa Habchi; Hair by Amy Laing; Makeup by Nada Govic; Letters by Colton Ponto.

Like mother, like son — is that not how the saying goes? It certainly holds true for Eva and Zach Polis. Known for their statement-making hairdos and head-turning senses of style, the duo dresses with intention. By day, Eva opts for sleek pants and bold lips at the DDB Edmonton office as creative director, and saves her most glamorous pieces for the evening or traveling, when they can really “triumph,” she says. Meanwhile, Zach is sculpting out a similarly creative career, as a writer, filmmaker and St. Albert poet laureate. Groomed to invest in great pieces, he’s often spotted around Edmonton in his Calvin Klein 205W39NYC x Pendleton plaid wool coat, designed by Raf Simons, purchased from La Maison Simons. “It has that classic, just-stepped-out-of-the-Oregon-woods writer [kind of] look,” he says. On teaching her kids to always tell a story with their clothing, Eva elaborates, “It was tough love and went something like this: Children, when we go to church you will be judged, and not by God. Don’t disappoint.”

Zach’s most cherished item: Rains raincoat (a birthday gift and Acne Studios sweater purchased at La Maison Simons. “Sometimes you need to embody an Easter egg — and stay dry.”

Eva’s most cherished item:  “A Stephen Jones x Marc Jacobs feather headband. I purchased it at Marc Jacobs’s former shop on Prince Street in New York City. And then I wore it to see Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the V&A in London. In a way, I too was part of the exhibit.”

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This article appears in the April 2020 issue of Avenue Edmonton.

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