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After a long journalism career at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, Clifford Pugh has discovered the joys of the web in creating a unique news and information site that covers Houston in real time. His claim to journalism fame came at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, when screenwriter Alexander Payne asked him to hold his Oscar while he went to the bathroom.
 

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Project Runway Winner

Spoiler alert! Project Runway Season 13 is hard to predict, but the winner is.....

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — "Welcome to Project Runway finale, season 13," Heidi Klum told a large, excited crowd at Lincoln Center. "Who would have thought so many season ago we would still ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Hats off to Donna Karan! Designer mixes sexy street art and crazy chapeaus in wild runway show

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Pharrell Williams would have loved the Donna Karan spring 2015 runway show. The longtime designer sent out her models in all sorts of fun hats designed by Stephen ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Carolina Herrera's million dollar fashion show features breathtaking ball gowns

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Season after season, Carolina Herrera always shows a polished collection for her well-heeled clientele. But for spring 2015, she seemed particularly inspired — all because of a single tulip ...


New Fashion Designer

After hell of a summer, Theresa Roemer launches breezy new clothing collection for fall

By Clifford Pugh

After the summer from hell, Theresa Roemer is looking forward to a fashionable fall. Still dealing with the worldwide attention over the theft of designer goods from her three-story closet ...


Most Popular Stories

CultureMap's 10 most popular stories: New AstroWorld, Michelle Obama's jewels, Osteen's mansion top list

By Clifford Pugh

Since CultureMap launched in late 2009, we've published more than 21,000 stories on a wide variety of subjects. Some topics we thought would be hits with readers weren ...


Target's Sexy New Collection

Target's sexy new collection: Fashion's hottest designer unveils low-cost line with pizzazz

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Target's new designer collaboration with Joseph Altuzarra arrives in stores across Texas and the nation today, but the fashion faithful got a sneak preview during Mercedes-Benz Fashion ...


Fashion Week Partying

Fashion Week fun: Katie Holmes gets tattooed; Joe Zee joins the (Old) Navy and jumps to the digital side

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Joe Zee had a lot to celebrate during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The former creative director of Elle magazine has jumped to Yahoo, where, as editor-in-chief and executive creative ...


Best UH Football Ad Ever

Best UH football ad ever: Car company captures the Cougar spirit in cheeky Heisman House spot

By Clifford Pugh

Nissan's newest Heisman House ad has a decidedly University of Houston bent. The ongoing series gathers many of the most celebrated college football players of the last 30 years ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Austin teen sensation takes New York Fashion Week by storm with whimsical collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — What is it about Texas teenagers? A few days after 18-year-old Houston designer Amir Taghi debuted his collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Isabella Rose Taylor unveiled her namesake ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Flower power: Michael Kors has a blooming good time with sunny collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — The world may be increasingly dark and chaotic, but Michael Kors has a remedy for all that doom and gloom: Get happy. He labeled his spring 2015 collection ...


It's Our Birthday!

Look who's turning 5! CultureMap celebrates a media milestone, looks back at a tiny beginning

By Clifford Pugh

When CultureMap launched in Houston in the fall 2009, our entire staff fit into a room about the size of a closet in a low-slung office building near Rice Village ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Designer Rolando Santana and Orange Is The New Black star show their colorful side

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Just about everyone at Rolando Santana's runway show — from the designer to a front-row Orange Is The New Black star — was in a colorful mood. The designer ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Ralph Lauren's dazzling party in the park: Hot models, cool 4D runway show launch new Polo collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — The beautiful people took over Central Park Monday night. Young, athletic and drop-dead gorgeous Ralph Lauren models from recent years wearing colorful polo shirts with their names emblazoned ...


Houston's Fashion Teen

Sweet dreams: Houston teenager makes polished debut at New York Fashion Week

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — While his classmates at Houston's Episcopal High School were starting their senior year, Amir Taghi was prepping for one of the most important moments in his young ...


Neiman's Is NY Bound

New York bound: Neiman Marcus celebrates plans for first Manhattan store with big party

By Clifford Pugh

As she greeted well-wishers at a champagne soiree in a high-rise loft space on New York's West Side, Karen Katz looked like she had just won the lottery. And ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Carmen Marc Valvo celebrates big anniversary with big surprise on fashion week runway

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Carmen Marc Valvo celebrated his 25th anniversary in the fashion business in a big way — and with a big surprise. The longtime designer, a Texas favorite who is ...


Living Dolls

Living dolls: Fashion designers create glamorous wardrobes for real-life Barbies

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — For one night, at least, Barbie was a real living doll. To celebrate the new Barbie Fashion Design Maker app, which allows budding designers to create custom fashions ...


Howdy NYC!

Elaine Turner shows New Yorkers how to party with a Texas-sized fashion blowout

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — To kick off New York fashion week, Elaine Turner threw a Texas-sized hoedown at her new store on Manhattan's Upper East Side Thursday night. Urban cowboys dressed ...


Style File

Sexy fashion blogger keeps it hip with an eye-catching, black-and-white dress

By Clifford Pugh

Dressing for the occasion is important for social media specialist Monica Abney, who writes about fashion on her Classy & Fabulous blog. So for a stylish but casual dinner party at ...


Joan Rivers Leaves A Void

What will we do without Joan? Rivers changed fashion and pushed the boundaries of comedy

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Somehow it seemed fitting that Joan Rivers died on the first day of fashion week. The polarizing, acerbic comedienne practically invented red carpet critiques of celebrities that are ...


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