Something's afoot at Maryland Art Place

STYLE FILE

March 09, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Shoes are necessary tools for walking, expressions of style and fashion and even objects of desire. In a new installation at the Maryland Art Place, shoes are also objects of art.

The exhibit, Soft Shoe, explores shoes as artifacts of the human condition whose sculptural qualities have inspired artists Lesley Haas, Ruth Pettus, Lauren Schott, Leonard Streckfus and Monica Tinker. The artists interpret shoes in their own ways. For example, Streckfus uses shoes as found objects and creates whimsical sculptures from them. Haas crafts delicate shoes from handmade paper. And Pettus dissects shoes and reassembles them with layers of tar or wax, creating what she calls "three-dimensional fossils."

Soft Shoe runs through March 15 at Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, across from Port Discovery in Power Plant Live in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Admission is free. Call 410-962-8565 for more information.

Sultry new looks for a shimmering new season

Don't venture out this spring sporting last season's beauty trends. Here's what's hot, according to the experts at Sephora:

* Bold, beautiful eyes. Pair Sephora Expert Lengthening Mascara ($10) with the matte and shimmery champagne, forest green, brown, charcoal and navy shadows found in the Smashbox Smoke Box ($38) to get that sultry look.

* Radiant, luminous skin. Try the DDF 7-Day Radiance Peel kit ($75) for an at-home facial peel that will get skin glowing.

* Big, shiny tresses. Bring back that big hair with Frederic Fekkai Full Volume Mousse ($18). Use the mousse to thicken hair and create volume when blow-drying to add glossy shine without that sticky, hard texture.

Products are available at Sephora stores in Bethesda and Georgetown or at www.sephora.com.

The mother of stylish maternity wear

Ever wonder why celebrity moms like Kelly Ripa, Vanessa Williams and Uma Thurman look more glamorous when they're pregnant than the rest of us? The answer is Liz Lange.

Lange's maternity clothing is known for its pared down elegance and close fit. "I believe that maternity clothes should be chic and well made," Lange has been quoted as saying. "Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you're any less fashionable."

And now that the popular maternity clothing designer to the stars has a new line at Target, you can get a hold of some of her maternity glamour too.

Lange's collection features 12 key looks that can be mixed and matched, including stretch nylon shirts and nylon tech pants. All the items are less than $25 and are available at Target stores.

Whimsy meets designer style

Maira Kalman's fanciful illustrations are familiar to New Yorker readers and fans of her children's books about a poet (and dog) named Max. Now she has a new audience.

Kalman recently teamed up with accessory guru Kate Spade to create a line of tote bags, cosmetic cases, hats and raincoats (for people and dogs) that blends Spade's chic tailored sensibility with Kal-man's sense of whimsy. We especially like Spade and Kalman's fun "George" tote ($275). It's simple, but funky.

Kate Spade handbags, shoes and accessories are available at Nordstrom and at neimanmarcus.com. To find a store near you, go to www.katespade.com.

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