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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Editor's note: One in a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. Ruth Shaw was a revolutionary in Baltimore women's fashion when she opened here eponymous boutique. She targeted sportswear by the greatest designers of the time. It wasn't unusual to find frocks from Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce & Gabbana on the racks of her Cross Keys shop. Running such an establishment required her to travel all over the world, viewing collections and meeting with designers - she maintained an apartment in New York City to allow her to be closer to the latest fashions.
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By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
When models strut down the outdoor catwalk at The Village of Cross Keys' annual One Great Fall fashion show on Sept. 20, the sartorial showcase will be about more than hemlines and high heels. Cross Keys, an upscale enclave of residences, boutiques and cafes in North Baltimore, will utilize the occasion to benefit the House of Ruth Maryland Inc., which provides services aimed at domestic violence victims. While the glamour and beauty of fashion may seem incompatible with the ugly and violent behavior of domestic abuse, organizers are billing the event as one that, ultimately, empowers women.
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By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | November 19, 2006
This is one woman who does not believe in dilly-dallying. "I'm not a shopper," says Ruth Shaw, 78, fashionable Baltimore store owner. "I'm a buyer." She can buy a house or a car in hours. Buying clothes takes even less time. "Go with your first instinct on things and you won't make too many mistakes," she says. So, no need to waste energy thinking about five things to have now because if she wanted them, she would have them. Right now. (But, hey, it's our shtick and we're sticking to it.)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Editor's note: One in a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. Ruth Shaw was a revolutionary in Baltimore women's fashion when she opened here eponymous boutique. She targeted sportswear by the greatest designers of the time. It wasn't unusual to find frocks from Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce & Gabbana on the racks of her Cross Keys shop. Running such an establishment required her to travel all over the world, viewing collections and meeting with designers - she maintained an apartment in New York City to allow her to be closer to the latest fashions.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Fashion Editor | September 13, 1998
The Armani suits hang pristinely in the front window of Ruth Shaw. Sarah, the willful dachshund, stands guard by the Donna Karan hose. And fashion patter echoes through the room: That bias skirt makes you look smaller. ... I don't think it's dowdy, but you need a strappy sandal. ... You look fabulous.The owner of this namesake store smooths the cashmere, pleased that so many black tunics have sold. To her, it's vindication: The fashion magazines that proclaimed "black is out" were wrong."When black dies, we're all going to be dead," she says with a laugh.
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By Vida Roberts | August 13, 1995
Insects are lighting on fall's ladylike lapels and shoulders. Winged pins will be seen on social butterflies, busy bees and fashion dragonflies. Show them, don't shoo them.SHOPPING GUIDELADY BUGSAll items on Page 50Butterfly by Ciner, $135, at Ruth Shaw. Beetle by Swarovski, $44, at Nordstrom. Moth by Jay Strongwater, $55, at Ruth Shaw. Dragonfly, $84, and bee, $67, by Swarovski at Nordstrom. Locust by Ciner, $104, at Nordstrom. Fly by Mary Demarco, $13, at La Terra. Ladybug by Judith Jack, $45, at Treasure House.
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By Sloane Brown | December 3, 2000
The Everyman Theatre lobby held an air of relaxed anticipation as some 100 guests celebrated a first -- the first time students and faculty from the Baltimore School for the Arts would work with actors and production staff from Everyman's professional Equity theater company. In a few minutes, these theater buffs would get to see the result of this venture -- a performance of "The Crucible" to benefit the FANS (Friends Assisting New Stars) Scholarship Fund of the School for the Arts. Already, the "buzz" was good.
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By Sloane Brown | May 25, 2003
The stage was set for Center Stage's "40th Anniversary Gala." The cocktail hour in the theater lobby gave the evening just the right combination of art and anticipation. Guests in tuxedos and gowns, crisp triangles of white against black intermingled with twinkling swirls of color, created a dazzling backdrop for the evening to come. This 40th-anniversary soiree marked the renowned regional theater, which has a distinguished history and promising future. In fact, the evening's featured performer was a good reflection of Center Stage's reputation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 5, 2008
For nearly four decades, Ruth Shaw eschewed the stuffy formality of traditional women's clothing and sold the trendiest lines at her boutique in Cross Keys. This year, she sold the boutique bearing her name to Ray Mitchener, her longtime buyer and manager. Shaw said her love of daring and offbeat fashions drove her to open the boutique. "I like natural fibers and linen, for instance. A little whimsical humor in clothing helps too," she said, adding: "I never bought what my customers wanted.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | December 31, 1992
Julie Schwait's closet chronicles the changes in her life -- from single career woman to stay-at-home mom to working mother.It's a Ruth Shaw-meets-the-Gap kind of existence for Ms. Schwait, 42, director of alumni activities and annual giving at Park School.While her former profession, accounting, required a more corporate style, she now turns up for work in trousers and a sweater, an outfit that also works when she's in her Homeland home with her husband and 3-year-old son.How did having a child change your style?
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2011
The third annual Charm City Fashion Show promises to be a funky mix of local and national designers, boutiques, live music and visual arts all housed in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The runway show, coordinated by Colleen Kimberly, will offer looks from boutiques and designers, including Whimsy Boutique, F.L.E.X Clothing, Boulevard Boutique at DeBois Textiles, Chela Vintage, Adorn by Sarah Lewis, Babe (a boutique), Couture Closet, Sixteen Tons and Christopher Schafer Clothier. Funds raised at the event will be donated to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and "Little Kids Rock," a program that brings music to underfunded public schools.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
Board member Terry Morgenthaler was a standout at the Center Stage gala in a grrr-ly Dolce & Gabbana number. The 55-year-old Ruxton resident loves fashion but knows where she can push the envelope and where she can't. Her style? "Classic with an edge — that's what everybody says. ... I like to be chic, but appropriate for my age," the Friends School badminton coach said. The look : Tan and red two-tone leopard print chiffon Dolce & Gabbana sheath dress. Black satin peep-toe Jimmy Choo pumps with multi-color crystal flowers.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2008
No one will ever be able to accuse Nathalie Beatty of being a wallflower - in either her style or her personality. This "professional volunteer" is known for carrying off a cutting-edge style. Just check out her outfit as she co-chaired the Ruth Shaw Fashion Show at the Baltimore School for the Arts. The 41-year-old Baltimore resident credits her Egyptian-born mom. "I was definitely influenced by my mother's European aesthetic, but I've always had my own strong opinions about what I like.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 5, 2008
For nearly four decades, Ruth Shaw eschewed the stuffy formality of traditional women's clothing and sold the trendiest lines at her boutique in Cross Keys. This year, she sold the boutique bearing her name to Ray Mitchener, her longtime buyer and manager. Shaw said her love of daring and offbeat fashions drove her to open the boutique. "I like natural fibers and linen, for instance. A little whimsical humor in clothing helps too," she said, adding: "I never bought what my customers wanted.
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By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | November 19, 2006
This is one woman who does not believe in dilly-dallying. "I'm not a shopper," says Ruth Shaw, 78, fashionable Baltimore store owner. "I'm a buyer." She can buy a house or a car in hours. Buying clothes takes even less time. "Go with your first instinct on things and you won't make too many mistakes," she says. So, no need to waste energy thinking about five things to have now because if she wanted them, she would have them. Right now. (But, hey, it's our shtick and we're sticking to it.)
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By Sloane Brown | May 25, 2003
The stage was set for Center Stage's "40th Anniversary Gala." The cocktail hour in the theater lobby gave the evening just the right combination of art and anticipation. Guests in tuxedos and gowns, crisp triangles of white against black intermingled with twinkling swirls of color, created a dazzling backdrop for the evening to come. This 40th-anniversary soiree marked the renowned regional theater, which has a distinguished history and promising future. In fact, the evening's featured performer was a good reflection of Center Stage's reputation.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
Board member Terry Morgenthaler was a standout at the Center Stage gala in a grrr-ly Dolce & Gabbana number. The 55-year-old Ruxton resident loves fashion but knows where she can push the envelope and where she can't. Her style? "Classic with an edge — that's what everybody says. ... I like to be chic, but appropriate for my age," the Friends School badminton coach said. The look : Tan and red two-tone leopard print chiffon Dolce & Gabbana sheath dress. Black satin peep-toe Jimmy Choo pumps with multi-color crystal flowers.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 2003
Imax premiere attracts stars, weakens knees Who knew a star-stuffed movie premiere could be so low-key? And here in B-more, no less. But there they all were - Oscar-winning Titanic director James Cameron, actors Bill Paxton, John Travolta, Robert Patrick, Joaquin Phoenix, Morris Chestnut, Balthazar Getty, as well as Disney Studios honcho Dick Cooke - walking the red carpet inside the Maryland Science Center last week. They and a couple of hundred other guests were handed 3-D glasses as they entered the Imax theater and settled in to watch Cameron's new documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss.
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By Sloane Brown | March 18, 2001
Some learned how to move their hips and feet to a percussive Latin beat in the dance studio. Some performed scenes from "Body Heat," "Casablanca" and "On the Waterfront" in the rehearsal hall. Some played an Elvis Presley hit on various instruments in the music room. Others created collage jewelry in the art room. And that was just for starters at Expressions 2001. Then, these 460 guests gathered in the Baltimore School for the Arts ballroom to compare notes, eat dinner and watch students from the school display their theatrical, dance and musical talents for an appreciative audience.
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