Eva Mendes’s Style Evolution As Hollywood’s Femme Fatale

Since breaking into Hollywood as a scream queen star in a series of small horror films, Eva Mendes has stayed true to her ultra feminine and sultry sense of style, both on the big screen and the red carpet. Starring in block buster films like Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Hitch, the actress has become a household name, and nabbed the heart of one of the world’s most eligible bachelors: Ryan Gosling. Most recently Eva branched out and channeled her talent of fashion designer and infinity for ladylike style in creating a clothing line collaboration with New York & Company. The star’s refined classic style has produced a cult-like following, so it’s no surprise that she has unveiled multiple collections with the brand as of late. Although she’s a rarity on the red carpet–last night, she made her first appearance in 6 months–she has plenty of smoldering fashion moments on the red carpet over the years. Here, a look at some of the highlights.

August 2001

Fresh on the scene, Eva attended the LA premiere of The Others wearing a simple white button-up dress paired with a bold orange shoulder bag and tan platform sandals. Photo by Getty Images.

March 2002

Eva opted for a sexy black menswear inspired look while visiting the Mann Village Theatre in 2002. She completed her look with super long locks. Photo by Getty Images.

September 2003

At the 2003 Toronto Film Festival, the actress kept her look simple on the red carpet. She donned a black v-neck maxi dress with what floral appliqué on the waist and hemline. Photo by Getty Images.

January 2004

At the Golden Globe Awards, Mendes opted for a slinky halter top with an exposed back. Photo by Getty Images.

November 2005

Mendes stunned in a gold floor grazing slip dress as she attended the Gucci Spring 2006 Fashion Show. She completed her look with a small gold clutch bag and minimal jewelry. Photo by Getty Images.

December 2006

The actress upped the sex appeal of a white Christian Dior skirt suit, wearing nothing under it. The paring of black peep-toe pumps with this look kept it chic. Photo by Getty Images.

June 2006

Mendes looked ultra hot in a bright red halter gown for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. She accessorized with a small gold clutch bag, gold bangle bracelets and gold hoop earrings. Photo by Getty Images.

October 2007

At the New York premiere of We Own the Night, the actress looked classic and stunning as she posed on the red carpet in a one shoulder grecian inspired gown. Photo by Getty Images.

April 2008

Mendes looked darling in a strapless floral cocktail dress with nude scrappy platform sandals for The Spirit at New York ComicCon in 2008. Photo by Getty Images.

December 2008

Dressed in a canary yellow Bill Blast strapless column dress, Mendes radiated on the red carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of The Spirit. She completed her look with a gorgeous diamond Van Clef & Arpels bracelet. Photo by Getty Images.

January 2009

All eyes were on the actress as she posed on the red carpet at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in a white Christian Dior gown paired with a turquoise Van Clef & Arpels sterling collar necklace. Photo by Getty Images.

September 2009

The actress strutted down the red carpet of the 66th Venice Film Festival in a black Armani Prive gown featuring a center cutout bodice and ribbon bondage skirt. Photo by Getty Images.

May 2010

At the 2010 Met Gala, the actress glowed in a vibrant orange Prada strapless gown. The gown featured a beaded bodice and peplum skirt with frontal split. Photo by Getty Images.

October 2010

Staying true to her infinity for strapless feminine gowns, Mendes donned an exquisite red floor length Gucci gown at the La Dolce Vita World Restoration Premiere during The 5th International Rome Film Festival. Photo by Getty Images.

January 2011

At the Art Of Elysium Heaven Gala 2011, the actress looked angelic as she donned a romantic silk Valentino gown featuring a rose ruffled shoulder with draped neck and bow waist. Photo by Getty Images.

November 2012

Mendes smoldered at the Holy Motors premiere in this little black square-neck lace dress. She accessorized with simple black pumps and a gold and black clutch bag. Photo by Getty Images.

September 2013

Mendes took to the red carpet for the 2013 Vanidades Icons of Style Awards dressed in a sexy black vintage Luis Estévez black frock with fringe details falling from the halter neckline. Photo by Getty Images.

March 2014

The actress turned new fashion designer looked lovely in a black and white printed frock at the Eva Mendes for New York And Company Spring 2014 Collection pop up store launch party. Photo by Getty Images.

September 2016

During her most recent Eva Mendes x New York & Company FW 16 Show, Mendes posed in a darling bureaux peter pan styled dress. She completed her looks with black lace stockings and burgundy Mary-Janes. Photo by Getty Images.


Actress Eva Mendes made her first public appearance in 6 months at the opening of a new New York & Company store in Miami on Thursday. Photo by Getty Images.