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If your fashion life is defined by finding the right shoe, there's a new source to check out. Aldo, a Montreal-based leather retailer, has arrived in the Baltimore market with new stores in White Marsh Mall and the Gallery at Harborplace, and another opening Sept. 15 in Owings Mills Mall. The Aldo line -- which includes shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories for men and women -- has a fashion-forward French perspective. The chain was founded in 1972 and operates more than 200 stores in Canada and the United States.

The shops are trend-driven, and this fall's '70s-inspired mod looks are represented by chunky heels, platforms and retro boots. Prices range from $59 to $250 for shoes. The atmosphere is hip.

TV shopping the QVC way has matured since the channel's debut in 1986. In the beginning, apparel offerings tended to be in the one-style-suits-all mode. These days, the cable retailer is making a concerted effort to plug into fashion. QVC's new private-label Jessica Holbrook line, for example, picks up current style points with a collection that includes a snappy pantsuit with zipper closing, faux-fur trim and tight pants. It's an affordable designer knock-off at $86.

Fall Fashion Week starts tomorrow on QVC. The 24-hour selling cycle could be an off-hours shopping alternative for busy women. A return-for-any-reason policy is a plus.

Women of style know that one distinctive piece of jewelry says more than a boxful of gold chains. The jet set may shop Bulgari for originals, but Baltimore is rich in one-of-a-kind pieces by talented local artists. OXOXO Gallery in Mount Washington is showcasing the work of 12 faculty members and visiting lecturers of the Jewelry Center of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. "Mastering Materials II" shows contemporary pieces in a variety of materials and techniques.

"Distinctions between jewelry and sculpture have become blurred," says jewelry center director Shana Kroiz. Her strong three-dimensional jewelry, like the brooches shown here, mixes copper, silver and textured enamel. The show runs through Sept. 27.

Although smoke-filled rooms are becoming a thing of the past in the United States, continentals are still puffing. From France, where Gauloise clouds are still part of the ambience, comes Celestial Hair Mist by Parfums Thierry Mugler. The spray promises to neutralize and lift smoke and food odors from hair, replacing them with notes of Angel perfume. An idea for travelers and sneaky smokers, it's at Nordstrom at $26 for a purse-size flacon.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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