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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

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 ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Lela Rose sexes things up and Orange Is The New Black star approves

By Clifford Pugh

What is it about Orange Is The New Black stars and fashion shows? All through Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, actresses in the hit Netflix series were front and center at nearly ...


Spring Fashion Preview

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

By Clifford Pugh

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


Spring Fashion Preview

Gwen Stefani does her own thing for L.A.M.B. spring comeback collection

By Clifford Pugh

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.B. spring ...


The Next Oscar

Bibhu Mohapatra's sophisticated spring collection shows why he's a designer to watch

By Clifford Pugh

Fashion is always looking for the next big thing — the new generation of American designers who emulate the sophisticated styles of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera but put ...


Spring Fashion Preview

Hats off to Donna Karan for mixing sexy street art with crazy chapeaus

By Clifford Pugh

Pharrell Williams would have loved Donna Karan's spring 2015 runway show at New York Fashion Week. The longtime designer sent out her models in all sorts of fun hats ...


Project Runway Winner

Spoiler alert! Expert predictions for Project Runway season 13 finale

By Clifford Pugh

Heidi Klum stood before a large, excited crowd at New York's Lincoln Center. "Welcome to the Project Runway finale, season 13," she said. "Who would have thought so many ...


NY Runway Report

Carolina Herrera presents spring's best ball gown in million-dollar runway show

By Clifford Pugh

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. In a ...


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