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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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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 ...

Fashion Week Preview

An Exclusive Fashion Week preview: Top designers and Texas up-and-comers offer a sneak peek

By Clifford Pugh

What's in store for next spring? Veteran designers and some Texas up-and-comers give CultureMap an exclusive preview as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York.

Fall Fashion Preview

All in the family: Fall's new "it" handbag inspired by generations of Italian fashion house

By Clifford Pugh

A prime candidate for this season's "it" bag is the new Fiamma, from Salvatore Ferragamo designer Massimiliano Giornetti. Named after Ferragamo’s late daughter and inspired by the different ...

Fashion Trendsetters

Top fashion trendsetters get ready for fall with sneak preview of hot new accessories

By Clifford Pugh

What: Dinner party and preview of pre-fall collection. Where: Saint Cloud. The 411: Cecelia Marquez and Jessica Rodriguez, owners of the hip Rice Village lifestyle boutique, introduce their pre-fall collection ...

Fine Jewelry Sparkles

Delicate makeover of luxury fashion boutique sparkles with addition of fine jewelry

By Clifford Pugh

At the end of the summer, a sizable number of Houston's social set come back to town looking "remarkably refreshed." A little nip here and tuck there presents a ...

New Plan for Astrodome

Astrodome to become the world's biggest indoor park? A new future's planned out, but questions linger

By Clifford Pugh

With rolls of Astroturf lying on carts and seats scattered about like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the Astrodome has obviously seen better days. But standing in the middle of ...

Cool Hotel Clothes

New Houston hotel goes bold with its uniforms: Cool clothes designed by Houston fashion guru

By Clifford Pugh

With so many new hotels going up in Houston, it's hard to stand out in the crowd. But Marriott, the giant hotel corporation not usually known for taking chances ...

Another Emmy for Parsons

Jim Parsons thanks good fortune and father for fourth Emmy win

By Clifford Pugh

It's been a really good year for Jim Parsons. Having just negotiated an obscenely big raise of $1 million per episode for portraying genius physicist Sheldon Cooper in The ...

Music Matters

Who needs One Direction? A better band thrills a sweaty, sellout crowd with real hits & ice buckets

By Clifford Pugh, Jane Howze

While One Direction was thrilling tween girls and their parents at NRG Stadium Friday night, the real Ones were at work in The Woodlands with a sweaty parade of greatest ...

Party Watch

Everyone's a winner at H-E-B party for finalists in Primo Picks contest for best Texas-made product

By Clifford Pugh

What: H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best BBQ reception. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: The night before H-E-B announced the winners of its first-ever search for the best ...

Houston's New Park

Houston's newest neighborhood park looks like a million dollars, but it was a long time coming

By Clifford Pugh

It's been a long time coming, but neighborhood persistence and the help of some Houstonians with deep pockets has resulted in the creation of the city's newest park ...

SJP's Wild Houston Adventure

Sarah Jessica Parker's wild Houston adventure: Tex-Mex feast, Ice Bucket Challenge and shoes galore

By Clifford Pugh

We all know that Houston's hot. So during a whirlwind trip to the Bayou City for a personal appearance at Nordstrom, Sarah Jessica Parker decided her hotel room at ...

Houston's Boyhood Connection

Scenes of Boyhood: How Houston played a key role in the best movie of the year

By Clifford Pugh

Acclaimed indie director Richard Linklater spent part of his boyhood in Houston, so it makes sense that he sets many of the pivotal scenes of his remarkable movie, Boyhood, in ...

Designing Woman

Miracle worker: Rollerblading designer succeeds in making women look taller and thinner

By Clifford Pugh

Designer Laurel Berman has a great motto: "Two inches taller and five pounds thinner." "When you put a dress on, if you look frumpy or dumpy I haven't done ...

New Twist in Closet Caper

New twist in closet caper: Alleged burglar attempts to sell items back to Theresa Roemer

By Clifford Pugh

The nationally publicized case of the burglary of Theresa Roemer's three-story closet took another "stranger than fiction" twist Friday when the alleged thief sent several items to the Houston ...

KHOU CultureMap Moment

Houston's own Sharknado defies imagination: You won't believe these terrifying sights (and sharks)

By Clifford Pugh

In this week's KHOU CultureMap Moment, Channel 11 Morning News anchor Lily Jang and CultureMap's resident expert-about-everything Joel Luks visit the Downtown Aquarium, where Shark Weekend is in ...

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