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Most of us want to look and feel glamorous with our fashion. Unfortunately, that’s not easy for everyone. Many of us have limited shopping budgets and we’re short on time to style our looks. Enter, Rachel Zoe, a legendary stylist and clothing designer who believes that glamour should be easy and accessible.
Rachel teamed up with Express and Reunited Clothing to launch her own collection. In an exclusive E! interview, Rachel explained, “My whole mission behind everything I do has always been to make the getting dressed process easier for women.” Rachel’s line also includes versatile men’s styles.
Rachel shared her inspiration throughout the design process and her styling insights for the styles with E! readers.
E!: What do you like about shopping at Express?
RZ: I think there’s a comfort in knowing what you’re getting. There’s a real comfort in knowing the quality of a product you’re getting. It’s very consistent. With Express, I think people have been shopping there for so long. There’s a reason that it’s still going so strong when so many brands haven’t survived. They’ve really acclimated to the customers throughout the years and managed to stay modern yet true to the brand.
E!: You worked with Reunited Clothing Executive Creative Director Hilda Batayneh on this line virtually. Tell me about putting the collection together in that way.
RZ: It’s interesting. I was definitely remote for almost the entire process. It was such an such a process because I’m definitely not a hands off kind of person. So, I definitely wanted to be very involved each step of the way. It ended up being pretty amazing. Working with Hilda and the Express team was so smooth. Even the virtual fittings were amazing.
E!: What are three words you would use to describe the collection?
RZ: I would say effortless, classic, and glamorous.
E!: I like that combination because I don’t think people pair “effortless” and “glamorous” together very often.
RZ: That’s really been my mantra for my whole life, trying to make glamour effortless. When many people think of glamour, they picture ball gowns and diamonds and that’s not all it has to be. I think you can make glamour a simple, easy task with tan pants and a pair of flats or even just wearing gold hoop earrings with your outfit. Glamour is a state of mind.
Rachel Zoe’s Express Collection
Express Rachel Zoe Metallic Draped One Shoulder Thong Bodysuit
“I love this piece. I would wear that with jeans and heels. At night, you can go out wearing this bodysuit with black or white trousers.”
Express Rachel Zoe Metallic One Shoulder Tie Waist Maxi Dress
“I wore the silver ruffle dress to Coachella. It’s good for summer because it’s comfortable, but you can also wear it if you want to dress up. It’s very versatile. This is a collection that can be worn dressed up or dress down for beach or to a black tie. I just try and make everything easy, comfortable, and versatile to style.”
Express Rachel Zoe Animal Print Draped One Shoulder Thong Bodysuit
“I’ve been wearing one-shoulder tops since I was 13. It’s a silhouette I’ve always loved. It’s a subtle way of being sexy. I like that it’s a little less expected and that it’s a nod to the 70s, which is my favorite era. I think a lot of people are a little apprehensive about a one shoulder. In my styling career, I probably had 80% of clients say they that one shoulder doesn’t work for them. There’s a misconception that people think it doesn’t look good on them, but it really does. You can also wear a bra with it.”
Express Rachel Zoe Printed Satin Cowl Neck Midi Slip Dress
“I just have a 70s sensibility, but I try and keep it modern and fresh. I think the 70s has this sort of effortless glamour that I will always be attracted to. With the collection there are floral prints, animal prints, animal prints, and butterfly prints. There’s a femininity about it and a real sort of California glamour to it. That’s definitely what I’m drawn to.”
Express Rachel Zoe Mid Rise Light Wash 70s Flare Jeans
“Totally. These are a fun nod to the 70s and a great way to take part in that trend without fully committing to a whole 70s outfit too.”
Express Rachel Zoe Satin One Button Notch Lapel Blazer, Satin Cropped Cami, and High Waisted Satin Wide Leg Pant
“This ivory suit is an all-time favorite. I love it. I’ve already worn it three times and you probably can’t even tell because I styled it in different ways. The girls in my office are literally fighting over it everybody wants to wear the look. A suit is the most versatile thing you’ll ever own. You can style it in so many ways. You can wear a blazer to work or with your favorite leggings or with skinny jeans and a pair of boots. It’s a comfortable outfit with a very relaxed fit that’s still very flattering.”
Rachel Zoe Metallic Puff Sleeve Crop Top and High Waisted Metallic Pleated Maxi Skirt
“I love showcasing the shoulder and neck on women. I think it’s one of the most beautiful features. You can have a real, subtle sexiness with an off-the-shoulder top. Plus, they’re a two in one top because you can wear them on the shoulder or off the shoulder. That’s a quick trick you can pull, wearing it on the shoulder for work, and then pulling it down for an after work happy hour.”
Express Rachel Zoe Metallic Jacquard Puff Sleeve Crop Top
“I love the brocade cigarette pants with the puff sleeve top. You can also mix and match them with what you already own. They’re also meant to be styled from day to night.”
E!: You are surrounded by guys at home with your husband Rodger Berman and your sons. What influence did they have on the collection?
RZ: I am certainly outnumbered. Rodger and my oldest son won’t wear anything unless it’s super comfortable. If the fabric isn’t soft, they don’t want it. On the other hand, I sometimes sacrifice comfort because of how good a garment looks. Rodger loved every single piece in the collection. He’s already worn a lot of it.
Rachel Zoe’s Express Collection for Men
Express Rachel Zoe Long Sleeve Terry Polo and Drawstring Terry Short
“The men’s clothes are very versatile, comfortable, and easy. There’s a terry fabric that I love.”
Express Rachel Zoe Chore Jacket
“My favorite piece would definitely be the safari jacket since it’s a super transitional weight. I think men always struggle to find a jacket they can wear for multiple seasons that’s comfortable to wear, but still looks nice.”
Express Rachel Zoe Slim Green Striped Cotton Suit Jacket and Slim Green Striped Cotton Suit Pant
“I did two super casual suits. I tried to make it super easy to work in with pieces you already have at home.”
If you’re looking for more celebrity clothing collabs, shop Gigi Hadid’s Frankie’s Bikinis collection.
(This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.)
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Husband of Slain Uvalde Teacher Dies of Heart Attack After Dropping Off Flowers at Her Memorial
The family of Irma Garcia — one of the two teachers who sacrificed their lives to save their students at the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas — is now also mourning the loss of another family member. Garcia’s husband, Joe, died Thursday of a heart attack, minutes after dropping off flowers at her memorial, The New York Times reports.
“Extremely heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief,” wrote John Martinez, Garcia’s nephew, on Twitter. “I truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling. Please pray for our family. God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy.”
EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief, i truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy pic.twitter.com/GlUSOutRVV
— john martinez ❤️🔥 (@fuhknjo) May 26, 2022
He “pretty much just fell over,” Martinez told The Times. “I’m really in shock right now.”
Martinez described Joe and Irma as “high school sweethearts” in a tweet. The couple shared four children, ages 23, 19, 15, and 13. “No child should have to go through this,” Martinez wrote. “My heart breaks for them.”
The family of the Garcia couple launched a GoFundMe to cover the funeral expenses of Irma, and later updated it to include Joe. They’ve raised nearly $100,000.
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart,” wrote the couple’s family on GoFundMe. “Losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.”
Another family member of Garcia wrote, “Tio Joe i really hope you tell tia how we were all looking for her. i heard your voice one last time. i’m so sorry.”
“These two will make anyone feel loved no matter what,” tweeted a third family member, sharing a photo of the couple. “They have the purest hearts ever I love you sm tia and tio please be with me every step of the way.”
Lord god please on our family, my tias husband passed away this morning due to a heart attack at home he’s with his wife now, these two will make anyone feel loved no matter what they have the purest hearts ever I love you sm tia and tio please be with me every step of the way pic.twitter.com/opivBERMvv
— Joey.mtz (@Joeymtz4) May 26, 2022
Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults, Garcia was identified as one of the victims. She worked as a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary during her entire 23-year teaching career.
“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom,” Joey Martinez, another one of Garcia’s nephews, tweeted. “She died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”
The GoFundMe described Irma as someone who “would literally do anything for anybody,” and who “loved her classroom kids.”
‘Narc’ Director Joe Carnahan Remembers the Late Ray Liotta Once ‘Having a Go’ at Tom Cruise
Ray Liotta knows how to make a lasting impression. In a touching tribute, Narc director Joe Carnahan tells Rolling Stone about one of his fondest memories of Liotta, who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 67.
“I’m still processing the news. I still can’t get over the fact that he’s gone,” Carnahan says. “He gave me my career. I could not have gotten Narc made without him. I’m still in shock. He was one of those guys who you thought he was going to live to be a 1,000.”
But just how did Liotta help the 2002 crime drama turn from festival darling to wide-release feature? With the help of a little wine and the bravery to “have a go” at none other than Tom Cruise, of course. As Carnahan was trying to secure Cruise/Wagner Productions’ financial backing, the director took Cruise and Liotta — who starred in the film — out to dinner in Los Angeles.
“Tom Cruise wanted to have dinner with us,” Carnahan says. “So we go to Giorgio’s [in LA], and the thing about Ray is, he wasn’t like a tequila guy. His drink of choice was Chablis [wine] and crushed ice. That was his jam.”
“So, we’re talking, and you have two reasonably-sized egos in the room with Tom and Ray sitting at the table. Ray is getting a little tipsy off of the wine, and he decides he’s gonna have a go at Tom. He wants to get argumentative with the biggest movie star in the world. So Ray goes, ‘C’mon, Tom, let’s cut to it. You guys are not necessarily doing that great as a company . . . You need a movie like this.’ Tom is like, ‘What are you talking about? Mission: Impossible 2 or The Others?’ and Ray keeps saying, ‘C’mon, you know what I mean!’”
Stunned, Carnahan recalls “shrieking in my seat” as Liotta continued to playfully rib Cruise.
“Ray’s whole thing is basically: ‘YOU need Narc, we don’t need you,’” he recalls. “We leave, and I’m just apoplectic, like ‘What in the fuck are you doing going after Tom Cruise?! He’s Tom Cruise!’ And Ray says, ‘We got the hot movie! C’mon! . . . I’m testing him. I want to see if he’s up to it!”
But the unconventional tactic worked — Cruise/Wagner Productions ultimately bought up the rights to Narc. “Tom came on and really lifted Narc out of being a Sundance darling, and got Paramount to take this $3 million dollar independent cop thriller seriously,” says Carnahan.
Looking back, Carnahan is still touched by Liotta’s confidence in the film. “He just had this unshakable belief in our movie, that somehow this was more important than the biggest movie star on the planet — and it all worked out.”
A rep for Liotta confirmed to Rolling Stone on Thursday that the actor died in his sleep while on location in the Dominican Republic, where he was reportedly shooting the film Dangerous Waters.
Much like in Narc, Liotta made a career specializing in portraying tough-talking, no-nonsense characters often embroiled in the criminal underworld, or lighthearted variations of that character in comedies.
Mark Meadows Burned Docs After Meeting With Republican Working to Overturn Election, Ex-Aide Tells Jan. 6 Panel
In the weeks after the 2020 election, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who was trying to get the election results overturned. Afterwards, Meadows burned documents in his office, his former aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee, Politico reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with her testimony.
It’s unclear which papers Meadows may have burned, but the issue is a “key focus” of the committee, which grilled Hutchinson over the incident for around 90 minutes, according to Politico.
Lawyers for Meadows and Hutchinson and a spokesperson for Perry did not offer comment to the outlet, which could not independently confirm that Meadows incinerated papers.
Perry, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), was issued a subpoena earlier this month by the committee. (Perry’s deadline to respond is Thursday). The committee noted that Perry was “directly involved with efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice and install Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General.” Then-President Donald Trump considered doing just that in order to help convince state legislatures to overturn the election results, former officials in Trump’s Department of Justice have testified. Trump backed off after many in the department threatened to quit.
According to a deposition from last November, Clark drafted a letter addressed to Georgia’s governor and state leaders about election results there, and how to get them overturned. A transcript of the deposition hearing suggests that the White House Communications Agency was involved with drafting the letter.
Trump administration figures have a history of less-than-normal — and potentially illegal — ways of handling and disposing of documents. White House staff would regularly find torn up wads of paper clogging Trump’s toilet, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote in her book Confidence Man. It has also been reported that Trump liked to rip up pieces of paper. (One former aide also claimed she saw him chewing one up). Earlier this year, boxes of White House documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, with the National Archives saying some of the contents were marked as classified. The Times reported earlier this month that federal prosecutors are investigating whether Trump tampered with the documents he took to Palm Beach.
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