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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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Party Watch

Surreal evening at the Menil brings hot models, cool paintings and crazy hats

By Clifford Pugh

What: The Surreal M Penner magazine preview event. Where: The Menil Collection. The 411: More than 200 well-dressed Houstonians turned out to view Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, and ...

Beyonce's Shoe Designer

Beyonce's favorite shoe designer creates divas, calls Miley Cyrus crazy, loves Kanye West's talent

By Clifford Pugh

In the world of expensive and amazing shoes, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo might be better-known names, but Giuseppe Zanotti is the designer who's currently getting most ...

H&M Lands Hot Designer

H&M snares America's hottest designer to create new fashion collection

By Clifford Pugh

Just when it seemed that H&M had lost a bit of its fashion cachet, the trendy Swedish retailer has pulled a real coup. The company used the Coachella Music ...

Fashion Trends

Clutch this: Fashion magazine and Nine West team up on sexy purses, shoes and more

By Clifford Pugh

In the first-of-its-kind collaboration, InStyle magazine has teamed with Nine West to create a line of stylish accessories at reasonable prices. The spring collection includes a "hold-everything" clutch, dressy sandals ...

Social Scene

The next Downton Abbey? TV insider makes a bold prediction at a Houston gala that includes its own butler

By Clifford Pugh

Not many Houston galas have a butler doing the honors. But Mr. Rodgers, the rising star of Channel 8's Manor of Speaking, the locally-produced talk show that dissects every ...

Party Watch

Shopping night out on the west side gives big crowd a reason to celebrate

By Clifford Pugh

What: CityCentre's Night Out. Where: CityCentre. The 411:  The west side mixed use complex took on a party atmosphere as a big crowd took advantage of drink, dining and ...


Houston philanthropist Roy H. Cullen, grandson of legendary oilman, is dead at 84

By Clifford Pugh

Roy Henry Cullen, the grandson of legendary oilman Hugh Roy Cullen and a member of Houston's most prominent philanthropic family, died Friday at his River Oaks home. The cause ...

ExhibItalia Comes to H-Town

Handbag heaven: Italian experts offer tips on how to find the perfect purse

By Clifford Pugh

With so many handbags available at just every every store around, how can you tell the real thing from a knock-off? And is a four-figure bag really worth the price ...

Five (Plus) Questions

Naeem Khan aims at fashion-conscious brides with glamorous wedding gown collection

By Clifford Pugh

Naeem Khan loves Houston. "It's one of my favorite cities in the world," he says. And the feeling is mutual. The Indian-born designer is beloved by Houston's social ...

Come Visit, Conan

Conan finds Dallas soooo boring that he trashes Houston in desperate attempt to get laughs

By Clifford Pugh

It's a big week for Dallas/Fort Worth, with the NCAA Final Four headed to the Metroplex and Conan O'Brien broadcasting his nightly talk show on TBS all ...

Fashion News

That's Lucchese? Legendary bootmaker aims for high-fashion future with big Houston flagship store

By Clifford Pugh

Lucchese is proud of its heritage. But the famed Texas bootmaker is out to prove that it can expand beyond premium western footwear. The company, known for making expensive high-quality ...

Tim McGraw's Secret Houston concert

Inside Tim McGraw's secret Houston concert: The naked truth about superstar's surprise show

By Clifford Pugh

Tim McGraw doesn't officially kick off his Sundown Heaven Tour until May 8 in Fresno, Calif., in conjunction with the release of his new album. But several hundred Houston ...

Lots of Drama

Buzz-worthy students repeat as Spelling Bee champs and head to national competition

By Clifford Pugh

In a competition that had all the thrills of an NCAA basketball tournament game and more twists than a rodeo pretzel, two Houston-area students emerged as co-champions in the 2014 ...

Stylish Spring

Hot beefcake bodies and bold looks are showcased at West Ave fashion show

By Clifford Pugh

Since opening three years ago, West Ave has gradually added a mix of fashion retailers, so owners of the complex at Kirby and Westheimer decided it was time to show ...

Fab Find

Suited for spring: Bold colors are fit for a confident man — or well-dressed University of Texas fan

By Clifford Pugh

Why do women get to wear all the colorful clothes? For spring, Salvatore Ferragamo is letting men have a little fun, too, with a slick silk suit in a shade ...

Party Watch

International art world heavyweights celebrate FotoFest's Arab breakthrough at a swanky high-rise

By Clifford Pugh

What: Cocktail reception celebrating the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, highlighting Arab Contemporary Art & Photography, and toasting FotoFest founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss. Where: At the home of Slavka Glaser. The ...

Rodeo Farewell

Guess the guitar: As the Houston Rodeo rides on, can you match the superstars and their musical instruments?

By Clifford Pugh

Throughout RodeoHouston, CultureMap contributing photographers snapped superstar singers' guitars. Can you guess who's whose?

Rodeo Wrapup

Rodeo wrap-up: Record crowds, top entertainers and real cowpokes leave lots of memorable moments

By Clifford Pugh

The 82nd edition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came to an end Sunday with record crowds and lots of action. Michelle Watson captured the rodeo spirit in these ...

NY Runway Report

Nanette Lepore aims Made in the USA collection at both mother and daughter

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — As one of the foremost advocates of clothing made in the New York Garment District, Nanette Lepore centered her fall collection around the local artisans who continue to ...

Party Watch

Easton Corbin drops by Lucchese party before his big Rodeo debut

By Clifford Pugh

What: Lucchese party at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Where: Reliant Stadium hospitality suite. The 411: The famed bootmaker celebrated its big presence at this year's rodeo (it ...

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