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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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Life Emulates TV

First lady Michelle Obama has Good Wife moment during State of the Union

By Clifford Pugh

Life imitated art — or at least TV — when first lady Michelle Obama appeared at the State of the Union address Tuesday night in a smart tweed suit worn by attorney ...


Hot New Hotel Perk

Top Texas hotel attracts international attention for silly new perk

By Clifford Pugh

Umbrellas are so 20th century. So, in a sign of the times, a Texas hotel now offers a simple perk that ensures their guests capture the best possible selfies. The ...


Champagne Johnny

Johnny Manziel sticks to partying ways despite growing criticism

By Clifford Pugh

Despite a poor first season in the NFL and critics who question whether he is an alcoholic, Johnny Manziel can't seem to stop his partying ways. The former Texas ...


Fashion News

Lela Rose and Lane Bryant team up for stylish plus-size collection

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 ...


A Show For the Ages

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are bringing their unique show to ACL Live

By Clifford Pugh

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga continue their beautiful friendship with plans for a joint concert at ACL Live on April 23, 2015. Despite their 60-year age difference, the duo have ...


The CultureMap Interview

Marchesa designers spill New York success and Project Runway secrets

By Clifford Pugh

Ten years ago, besties Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman launched Marchesa and became masters of the opulent statement-making gown. The British duo, who met in a life drawing class at ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Rag & Bone designers search for simpler life with Zen-meets-Walking Dead collection

By Clifford Pugh

While many designers are touting big florals, bright colors and wild embellishments for spring 2015, Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are going a different route. Instead they ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Marc by Marc is hip again, thanks to British designers with subversive spirit

By Clifford Pugh

Marc Jacobs finally realized one designer can't do everything. So as he poured more of this energies into his namesake label, he handed off design duties for his more ...


Ode to Oscar

Oscar de la Renta, favorite of first ladies and Texas social set, was always a gentleman

By Clifford Pugh

Editor's note: CultureMap Houston editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh is a longtime fashion journalist who shares his personal experience with the late Oscar de la Renta and the designer's impact ...


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 ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Escada springs into action with floral designs and Hollywood glamour

By Clifford Pugh

Until fairly recently, Escada didn't make much of a splash on the red carpet. But under the direction of design director Daniel Wingate and some astute marketing savvy, the ...


Fab Finds

Before Domain boutique opens, take a peek at Tory Burch's unique new watch collection

By Clifford Pugh

Tory Burch has officially gone into the watch business. In conjunction with her company's 10th anniversary, the designer has introduced a collection of watches in seven styles — each named ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Tory Burch shows raw side with spring collection inspired by Picasso's lover

By Clifford Pugh

With a new boutique coming to Austin, two shops in Dallas and an expanded store in Houston, Tory Burch has a lot of fans in Texas who love her casual ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Ralph Lauren's glamorous safari collection mixes khaki and colorful

By Clifford Pugh

Each season, Ralph Lauren transports customers and admirers to an exotic locale — 1920s China, Downton Abbey and the American West have provided inspiration for the iconic designer's recent collections ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Gwen Stefani's fashion comeback: L.A.M.B. collection features ska-meets-SoCal style

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — After a three-year hiatus, Gwen Stefani returned to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in her unique way. Rather than put on a traditional runway show for her L.A.M ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Carolina Herrera's $1 million, tulip-inspired show is a fashion week favorite

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Season after season, Carolina Herrera always shows a polished collection for her well-heeled clientele. But for spring 2015, she seemed particularly inspired — all because of a single tulip ...


Fashion Week Fun

Joe Zee digs new Old Navy gig while pal Katie Holmes gets tattoo

By Clifford Pugh

Joe Zee had a lot to celebrate during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The former creative director of Elle magazine has jumped to Yahoo, where, as editor-in-chief and executive creative officer, he ...


Target's Sexy New Collection

Target's sexy new collection: Fashion's hottest designer unveils low-cost line with pizzazz

By Clifford Pugh

Target's new designer collaboration with Joseph Altuzarra arrives in stores across Texas and the nation on Sunday, but the fashion faithful got a sneak preview during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Austin teen sensation wows New York fashion week pros with whimsical collection

By Clifford Pugh

What is it about Texas teenagers? A few days after 18-year-old Houston designer Amir Taghi debuted his collection at New York fashion week, Isabella Rose Taylor unveiled her namesake collection ...


Flower Power

Michael Kors has a blooming good time with sunny collection

By Clifford Pugh

The world may be increasingly dark and chaotic, but Michael Kors has a remedy for all that doom and gloom: Get happy. He labeled his spring 2015 collection, unveiled Wednesday ...


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