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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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SAG Red-Carpet Revelations

Jennifer Aniston's controversial cleavage steals red-carpet show at SAG Awards

By Clifford Pugh

There were some real standouts at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Here's what we took away from the red carpet. 


The CultureMap Interview

Deborah Norville spills Inside Edition secrets and what she learned from Joan Rivers

By Clifford Pugh

Deborah Norville is a TV survivor. In March, she’ll celebrate her 20th anniversary of hosting Inside Edition and recently extended her contract for another two years. During a trip ...


Hot New Hotel Perk

Texas hotel attracts international attention for silly selfie-inspired 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 ...


Golden Globes Fashion

Golden Globes: The most interesting fashions from the 2015 awards show

By Clifford Pugh

Any time you get Prince, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Melissa McCarthy in the same room, you know there is going to be a diversity of fashion styles. Here's ...


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. According to TMZ ...


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 ...


Handbag Heaven

Most popular designer handbags in Dallas have definite French flair

By Clifford Pugh

There are some things the French still do very well. In almost every fashion-savvy city in the United States, Louis Vuitton is the most popular designer handbag, according to data ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Designer creates Taylor-made collection for island getaway (or Orange Is The New Black star)

By Clifford Pugh

With fake sunlight streaming through window slats and models in luscious silk prints moving languidly down the runway, the Thakoon spring 2015 runway show at New York Fashion Week seemed ...


Spring Fashion Preview

British designers with subversive spirit make Marc by Marc hip again

By Clifford Pugh

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


Spring Fashion Preview

Alexander Wang's high-tech spring collection mixes sporty and sexy

By Clifford Pugh

Between designing for the famed French fashion house Balenciaga and creating a special collection for H&M, Alexander Wang has had an usually busy fall. But I get the feeling ...


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

Kate Middleton's favorite designer channels Marilyn Monroe in sexy new collection

By Clifford Pugh

Jenny Packham is Kate Middleton's go-to for special events — the trend-setting duchess often shows up wearing a Packham design to major functions — but right now the British designer seems ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Max Azria reinvents sexy Herve Leger bandage dress for fearless women

By Clifford Pugh

You've got to hand it Max and Lubov Azria. The husband-and-wife design duo keep coming up with new ways to reinvent the iconic Herve Leger bandage dress. The dress ...


Ode to Oscar

A favorite of first ladies and Texas social set, Oscar de la Renta 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

Designer Naeem Khan goes sporty chic for spring and hints at big surprise

By Clifford Pugh

Naeem Khan is known for his elaborately beaded evening gowns and embroidered cocktail dresses, which have attracted an enthusiastic client base that includes first lady Michelle Obama. But for spring ...


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 ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Sunny California designer thinks Texas is perfect place to get Turked

By Clifford Pugh

Southern California designer Trina Turk has never met a bold print or color she didn't like. Her collections are always bright and cheery, so it's no wonder that ...


Timing Is Everything

Famed designer's new watch collection has family ties

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

Pamella Roland gets Zen for spring with delicate Japanese-inspired collection

By Clifford Pugh

The Tokyo Summer Olympics aren't until 2020, but U.S. designers are catching the Japanese wave early with spring 2015 collections that incorporate exquisite origami folds, kimono-influenced patterns and ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Ralph Lauren plays with khaki and color in glamorous safari-inspired collection

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 ...


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