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Clifford Pugh

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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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Fashion News

Lela Rose creates stylish and colorful collection for plus-size women at Lane Bryant

By Clifford Pugh

Like most designers at New York fashion week, Lela Rose features wafer-thin models in her stylish clothes. But now the designer, who was born and raised in Dallas, is expanding ...

Partiers Chase Blues Away

Fashion-forward crowd chases away the holiday blues at stylish party with exclusive live auction

By Clifford Pugh

What: Beat the Blues benefiting Crisis Intervention of Houston. Where: House of Blues. The 411: One of the hippest and most fashionable group of Houstonians turned out for the inaugural ...

Breaking News

Houstonians mourn the death of former Mayor Bob Lanier, political kingmaker who transformed city

By Clifford Pugh

Houstonians are mourning the death of Bob Lanier, who made a lasting impact on Houston as the city's mayor from 1992-1998 and as a powerful political kingmaker. Lanier died ...

Elaine Turner Hits Double Digits

BLVD buzz: Designer's hot new boutique draws a big opening crowd and major expansion talk

By Clifford Pugh

Elaine Turner had a lot to celebrate Wednesday night as a big crowd turned out for the opening of her new boutique in BLVD Place. "I feel so blessed to ...

New Dome Plan

National urban planners dare Houstonians to implement bold proposal to save the Astrodome

By Clifford Pugh

Before a room full of Houston movers and shakers, including representatives from RodeoHouston and the Texans, the prestigious Urban Land Institute presented an ambitious plan to renovate and repurpose the ...

Party Watch

Chloe Dao runway show and appeal to empower women highlight Pratham holiday luncheon

By Clifford Pugh

What: Pratham Houston Holiday Luncheon. Where: Junior League of Houston. The 411: More than 270 guests filled the ballroom as Houston designer Chloe Dao showcased her fall ready-to-wear collection as ...

Inside New Lucchese Store

Inside the new Lucchese store: Boots, bourbon and a fashionable lifestyle experience

By Clifford Pugh

From the outside, the new Lucchese store in Highland Village looks a bit like a Ralph Lauren boutique, with blue awnings over big windows and a large wooden door with ...

Fashion News

Clear vision: Hip online eyeglass favorite Warby Parker plans a real Houston store

By Clifford Pugh

Warby Parker, the online eyeglass retailer that has become the go-to place for the fashionable and hip, has decided to build real brick and mortar stores — and one of them ...

Travel News

Southwest aims to add international flights to Belize and four Mexico destinations: Battle with United?

By Clifford Pugh

With its new $156 million international terminal under construction at Hobby Airport, Southwest Airlines has announced ambitious plans to expand service to Belize and four Mexico destinations. The airline filled ...

New Chanel Boutique

Coco's world: Dazzling new Chanel boutique showcases style of legendary designer, adds big shoe salon

By Clifford Pugh

Santa has been very good to Chanel fans. Just in time for Christmas, the famed French fashion house has opened its revamped Houston boutique — and shoppers used to the old ...

Style File

Real style: This high-powered oil executive knows how to keep it "feminine" while maintaining an edge

By Clifford Pugh

For the Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection runway show and cocktail party at Elizabeth Anthony, Hallie Vanderhider chose a black lambskin dress with black and sable lurel panels created by ...

Taylor Swift is H-Town Bound

Taylor Swift doesn't shake off Houston: Superstar singer adds special stop to concert tour

By Clifford Pugh

When CultureMap interviewed legendary concert promoter Louis Messina last week, he promised that Taylor Swift was working hard to add a Houston date to her new concert tour. "Houston presently ...

In The News

After Twitter blowup over "strange fruit," Texas PR firm chooses new (bland) name

By Clifford Pugh

An Austin public relations firm under fire for using a racially insensitive name has released its new identity. On Tuesday morning the founders of what was formerly known as Strange ...

Pop Up Pix

Scenes from the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Party: Shop 'til you drop and man cave chillin' were part of the festive fun

By Clifford Pugh

The first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Party was a whole lot of fun, with tequila drinks, man cave football watching and lots of shopping.

Designer Heaven

Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and slew of designer names headed to new River Oaks shopping center

By Clifford Pugh

Developers of the River Oaks District mixed-use complex currently under construction have promised a bevy of designer stores, but have been unusually coy about naming them — until now. On Monday ...

High Paid Presidents

The $1.5 million man: Rice University president among nation's highest paid private college leaders

By Clifford Pugh

Forget aiming to become a rock star or a professional athlete. Maybe those looking for a lucrative career should aim to be top dog at a private college or university ...

Anniversary Celebration

Atlanta couple dazzle Houston retail scene with custom Levi's, sharp suits and Southern hospitality

By Clifford Pugh

Sid and Ann Mashburn aren't native Houstonians, but you would think they have been here forever from the warm reception they received upon celebrating the first anniversary of their ...

Party Watch

Sing-a-long with the stars: Holiday party brings out Houston's best crooners for one more time

By Clifford Pugh

The atmosphere was electric at the annual Christmas Celebration hosted by Bubba McNeely, Mark Lowry and Deena Davidson at Lowry's spacious Garden Oaks home Tuesday night because it may ...

CultureMap Exclusive

Luxury fitness center with those cheeky ads is headed to new River Oaks complex

By Clifford Pugh

The new River Oaks District has landed designer stores, a cinema complex and upscale restaurants. Soon there will be a luxury gym to work off those calories. CultureMap has learned ...

A Billionaire's Casino

Houston billionaire aims to make his new $700 million casino a Bayou City playground: Las Vegas in Louisiana

By Clifford Pugh

Houston is likely to never have casino gambling in our lifetime, so billionaire Tilman Fertitta has come up with a plan for the next best thing. His $700 million Las ...

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