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Bellissima!

Magnificent evening gowns: Houston Grand Gala Ballgoers showcase creations from top fashion designers

By Shelby Hodge

From Valentino to Naeem Khan, the ladies stepping out at the Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball selected top labels for their season debut. CultureMap selects a few faves. ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Tragedy left onstage as Houston Grand Opera celebrates 60th season with lavish party

By Shelby Hodge

It was a rough night for the Venetian court when Othello was tricked into believing that Desdemona was unfaithful. Murder, mayhem and suicide ensued on stage at Wortham Theater Center as ...


On The Rise

Houston style stars get a little bubbly over young designer's dramatic runway show

By Heather Staible

Rising fashion designer Jonathan Blake assembled a front row of Houston style stars at his recent spring/summer 2015 show that would make more established designers envious. Lynn Wyatt, Be ...


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 ...


Magical Museum Ball

Enchanted Grand Gala Ball soars to magical heights with shimmering trees; raises $1.6 million

By Shelby Hodge

To completely mesmerize more than 300 of the city's most sophisticated philanthropists is no easy task. But the kinetic energy and graceful beauty of Jennifer Steinkamp's flo ...


Moonstruck

Dancing in the moonlight: This unique party has guests seeing stars — and hand-rolled Cuban cigars

By Shelby Hodge

Three short nights after the official full moon, Rothko Chapel supporters gathered under the stars on Saturday for the second annual "Moonrise Party on the Plaza," an inspired evening of ...


Hot Underground Party

The ultimate underground party: CultureMap's anniversary bash rocks hot new hotel, draws VIPs

By Shelby Hodge

Nightlife denizens arm in arm with social swells, young professionals and media personalities found their groove underground on Friday when CultureMap inaugurated the new JW Marriott even ...


Wild Houston Film Fest

Major movie star's new Oscar contender brings early buzz to Houston's film festival: A Wild lineup sneak peek

By Clifford Pugh

A much-buzzed-about film that could garner Reese Witherspoon her second Oscar and an insider look at the first Dior collection under wunderkind designer Raf Simons are among 10 offerings that will ...


Inside The Owner's Suite

Watching a Texans win with Bob McNair: It's a suite life as Houston bigwigs turn into giddy fans in owner's lair

By Shelby Hodge

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was on his feet, famed cardiologist Dr. Jim Willerson cheering and Lynn Wyatt high-fiving in the owner's suite at NRG Stadium as the new Houston Texans proved thei ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A luxury school bus ride, a lavish dinner and champagne fun: This road trip Alley opener is anything but ordinary

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that well-heeled patrons of the arts climb aboard a school bus, albeit a fancy air-conditioned bus, for an evening out but that's exactly what a number of Alley Theatre  ...


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