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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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Spring Fashion Preview

Alexander Wang mixes sporty spirit and sexy attitude in high-tech collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Between designing for the famed French fashion house Balenciaga and creating a special collection for H&M, Alexander Wang has had an usually busy fall. But I get ...


Spring & Resort Fashion Preview

Rena Lange sees the light with art-inspired collection that's a little mod

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Most fashion designer showrooms are located in stuffy midtown Manhattan towers. But Rena Lange is in the center of the trendy Meatpacking District, in a second floor corner ...


Cinema Arts Fest Lineup

Acclaimed directors, Oscar contenders and street scenes highlight Houston Cinema Arts Festival lineup

By Clifford Pugh

Two acclaimed directors with contrasting styles will headline the sixth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, organizers announced at a launch party at the Sam Houston Hotel Tuesday night. James Ivory ...


Appreciation

A favorite of first ladies and Houston's social set, Oscar de la Renta was always a gentleman

By Clifford Pugh

An Oscar de la Renta runway show is always a highlight during New York Fashion Week. The clothing is remarkably crafted, with a big "wow" factor, and frightfully expensive; the ...


Love Your Enemies & Vote

Spiritual scholar (and Uma's father) explains how to love your enemies and vote for Wendy Davis

By Clifford Pugh

In a world of war, disease and really nasty Internet comments on just about everything, it's getting harder and harder to love your enemies. But that's what we ...


Party Watch

Reality TV star displays her obsession at 7 For All Mankind launch party

By Clifford Pugh

What:  7FAM X All The Wire Launch Party. Where: 7 For All Mankind store in the Galleria. The 411: Tori Gonzalez, who gained her 15 minutes of fame in Bravo ...


Video Implosion

Video implosion: Historic Houston Club Building comes tumbling down in a matter of seconds

By Clifford Pugh

"Wow!" "Wow!" "Wow!" "Wow!" Those are the words that can be heard on the above video as the historic Houston Club Building came tumbling down in a matter of seconds ...


Oprah's Big Night Out

Oprah's big night out in Houston: Superstar has a close encounter at trendy restaurant

By Clifford Pugh, Eric Sandler

Oprah Winfrey was busy in Houston over the weekend at her big Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend at the Toyota Center, but a girl's gotta eat. Wearing ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Zen-vs.-Walking Dead collection has Rag & Bone designers searching for simpler life

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — While many designers are touting big florals, bright colors and wild embellishments for next spring, Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are going a different route ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Max Azria reinvents sexy Hervé Léger bandage dress for the fearless woman

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — You've got to hand it Max and Lubov Azria. The husband and wife design duo keep coming up with new ways to reinvent the iconic Hervé L ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Naeem Khan gets sporty with high-style workout wear, along with glamorous ball gowns

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Naeem Khan is known for his elaborately beaded evening gowns and embroidered cocktail dresses that have attracted enthusiastic clients ranging from first lady Michelle Obama to Houston's ...


Pix of the Day

They're just about perfect: United employees win a free car for not missing work

By Clifford Pugh

David Burr and Kelvin Jones were two happy Houstonians on Tuesday. The two United Airlines employees were among 11 workers who received a new 2015 car. During a ceremony at ...


What a Party!

Hot party scenes: Renowned photographer captures the wildness of a swinging CultureMap anniversary bash

By Clifford Pugh

Renowned photographer F. Carter Smith trained his lens on CultureMap's fabulous Fifth Birthday Party and found a lot to look at.


Spring Fashion Preview

J. Mendel gets artsy with collection based on abstract skyscraper paintings

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel has a thing for art. So for his spring 2015 collection, he collaborated with Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez, who is known for ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Kate Middleton's favorite designer channels Marilyn Monroe in sexy new collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Jenny Packham is Kate Middleton's go-to favorite for special events — the stylish trend-setting duchess often shows up wearing a Packham design to major functions — but right now ...


Katy Perry's Houston Lingerie Spree

Katy Perry enjoys some retail therapy in Houston's Beverly Hills: Is that a new tattoo?

By Clifford Pugh

Despite the humid temperatures, Saturday afternoon was a perfect day to go bike riding in Houston— at least Katy Perry thought so.  "Is this the Beverly Hills of Houston?" Perry ...


CultureMap at 5

5 best CultureMap celebrity spottings: Gaga in the pool, Beyoncé at Target, Manziel on the runway

By Clifford Pugh

Face it, we love to read about celebrities. So when CultureMap spots a notable doing regular things in Houston, readers clamour for details. To celebrate CultureMap's fifth birthday, we ...


CultureMap at 5

Favorite CultureMap columns: Eva Longoria for president, scary chairs, chef shoes & a hometown bat

By Clifford Pugh

To celebrate CultureMap's fifth birthday, we asked our merry band of contributors to pick their favorite CultureMap column since we first launched in 2009. Here's what they had ...


Spring Fashion Preview

California dreamin': Trina Turk sets her sights on Texas with bold, colorful LA style

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — With a big infusion of southern California spirit, Trina Turk has never met a bold print or color she didn't like. Her collections are always bright and ...


CultureMap at 5

CultureMap's biggest scoops: Stories of love and death, music and food, quick exits and new beginnings

By Clifford Pugh

Whether it's the old-fashioned print media or the new digital world, no reporter likes anything better than to be first with a story. During CultureMap's first five years ...


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