Eva Mendes in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on March 20, 2013

Why, hello there, 1978!

Eva Mendes makes an appearance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ show in New York City in a leopard print Dolce&Gabbana dress.

Dolce&Gabbana Leopard-Print Long-Sleeve Dress

It’s been a while!

This is so her look; this late ’70s, easy-breezy-Covergirl, kinda-free-kinda-wow-Charlie, New York City, disco-ready thing.  She looks effortlessly fabulous. It takes a special woman to make animal print look chic and Eva’s just the gal for it. Our only quibble is that the sunglasses and coat really don’t go with the look. They’re both fabulous pieces, but they prevent it from looking fully “put together.”

In other news, Lorenzo tried on a vintage coat in pretty much exactly that same tweed last month and it only took two words out of Tom’s pursed, judgmental mouth to get him to whip it off and put it back on the rack:

“Middle. Aged.”

You never saw a man move so fast in your life.


[Photo Credit: Enrique RC/PacificCoastNews.com, bergdorfgoodman.com]

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  • Oh, I can Sooooooo see that scenario in my head. Been in that sort of place with some friends, and had their super-critical eyes, rake me, and say, “Do, Not, Ever”

    • Indigo54

      Yeah, me too. The horror stricken facial expressions are burned in my memory. They said, ” No, Sweetie. Don’t even think about it!”

      • its one of the true definitions of “tough love”. lol

  • imperfectlaura

    Good thing none of these pictures are with the coat on. It would completely ruin the look for me.

  • nannypoo

    Last week she wore a little girl’s party dress. She’s a fashion emergency if I ever saw one.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    She, her hair, and that dress are beautiful, but I can’t sign off on anything else with this look; boots, coat, sunglasses. The belt is an eh.

    • Funkykatt

      I’m with you, I wouldn’t look twice and I don’t like animal prints in any form.

    • Sobaika

      Agreed, the boots and coat ruin the entire vibe for me.

  • Love it!

  • Scrolldown fug for me. She looks so amazing in that dress…and those boots are ruining it.

    • PastryGoddess

      Yes, I was just about to post that. The boots are killing the whole thing

    • BaddestMotherEver

      Yep. It just…… got……. worse.

    • zenobar

      Yup. If the boots had been a red-based brown, this look would be so right. As it happens, they’re too grey.

      • ankali

        My thoughts exactly. A warmer brown would be ideal, but even black would be better than these.

  • charlotte

    The dress looks far less frumpy on her than on the model. The belt helps a lot.

  • LoveloveLOVE the sunglasses, even if they don’t quite go with the pattern of the dress.

    Not so into the heavy boot, but I totally understand why she’s wearing them. I feel like NYC is living Game of Thrones and spring is ten years away.

  • Berenson Halstonette realness. All that’s missing is a floppy hat and Bobby Short.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      I’d say wanna be…. she looks like the tackiest gal at the law firm heading to lunch on a novelty “flashback Friday” day during holiday season.

  • MilaXX

    I like the look and I’m guessing the coat was more for the weather than the look.

  • Indigo54

    Oh God those boots. Not with that dress. I know they’re not but the boots actually look dusty!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I know that I am from the time where you WANTED to match things. But nothing “goes” here. Those sunglasses are weird in style and color with rust animal print. And not to put too fine a point on it, but WHERE IS THE SUN? I see no shadows anywhere. What is the point of those glasses? To hide? Not dressed like that. How about boots in a nice shiny black leather? Or some really nifty shoes? And that coat? um. Give it away. And put those sunglasses back on the rack at Walgreens. I hate them. She is beautiful, though. We can give her that.

  • formerlyAnon

    Tom, you are cruel to be kind.

    I’d like this a lot if not for my irrational aversion to animal print. As it is, I concede that she pulls it off easily.

  • “Middle. Aged.” LOL! Too funny!!! Oh, and Ms. Mendes looks rather kinda-free-kinda-wow disco fabulous! (I swear I had those boots in 1977!).

  • She looks gorgeous. LOVE. HER.

  • Fabulous, she reminds me of Evan Rachel Wood when she was poledancing for Mildred Pierce in retro drag and I can only love her for that.

    *sigh* Now I miss Evan Rachel Wood.

    • Where is ERW? And why isn’t she giving up her take on knocked up fashion? I was (too much) looking forward to that.

  • Indigo54

    Everybody else on the street is wearing a coat and she has to carry hers. Next time chose a coat that doesn’t clash. Then you can actually wear it instead of carrying it around on your arm.

  • Missy Covington

    Not into the boots that go up past the dress hem. It makes her legs look like discolored stumps. It would have been much better with ankle boots (even though I personally dislike them) or some pumps.

  • Anniebet

    Add shoulder pads and you have Linda Evans with a tan and dark hair. Except she wouldn’t do the sunglasses. Or that coat. Maybe the boots, but she’d make sure they didn’t look 4 years old and scruffy.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    A pair of black pointy pumps would been perfect for this. But Uncles, I was in HS in 1978, and leopard print was NOT in fashion then, at least in Detroit Rock City. For that, you’re talking early 80’s.

  • VicksieDo

    That is SO much better than the silly twee thing she was wearing last week. This is her look~

  • What is wrong with her? What’s happening to her taste? It’s like she’s almost got a look and then she goes ahead and ruins it with really bizarre shoes and accessories. Is she doing that on purpose? In order to look LESS attractive? I don’t understand, Eva! Please clarify!

  • I see no problem with someone looking middle aged, especially if they are. The real problem is trend-lemmings.

    • zenobar

      I agree…the issue is one of “mutton dressed as lamb,” which is not a good look for anyone.

  • Totally her look. Now see, Eva, doesn’t that feel better than pastel lace?

  • zenobar

    “Middle. Aged.” is the reaction I have to any kind of animal print on my person.

    • roadtrip1000

      I love animal prints but I’m afraid that for the most part I have to agree with you. “Jersey Shore” also comes to mind when it’s worn by the younger set. But I do think Ms Mendes is an exception and looks great in this print. Plus I’m partial to long sleeves.

      • zenobar

        Oh, make no mistake: Eva Mendes is fabulous and completely pulls it off. I just meant that I personally always feel a little Jackie Stallone-and-or-Collins when I try on animal prints (and I’m a young-looking 41, so while I could technically rock them, I just feel insanely uncomfortable and self-conscious). It’s my own hangup, is all.

  • That dress is so beautiful…..and then the boots ruined it. 🙁

  • EEKstl

    I LOVE the dress and she wears it oh so well…but the taupe-ish boots were NOT the best choice, so IN from the knees up!

  • l_c_ann

    She should not have taken the black belt from her blue jeans, surely she has a lighter, more dressy belt somewhere.

  • RebeccaKW

    I really like this. I wish the boots were in a darker brown or black, b/c this boot color is really off. The shades…on one hand, they aren’t a full accessory, in that she only wears them when outside during the bright light of day. On the other hand, I am a normal person with a small checking account and I have 20 pairs of sunglasses, so there is no reason she shouldn’t have something that works better with this. Same with the coat.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The sunglasses work more with the outfit than the boots do, to be honest. Could she not have gone for black boots? Because that dress is HERS.

  • Janet B

    Wow, Dress and hair are fantastic, So much better than the “little lady” from the other day.

  • Airkisses

    She likes to wear things together that don´t really match or go. I´ve seen other pictures on this site where she does the same thing.

  • marilyn

    Great dress. Boots do not go with it. They are very nice boots, but are too ‘daytime’ for this.

    I see Dave has graciously moved the dumptster so it is only in a corner of the shot.

  • Imasewsure

    “Kinda free kinda wow… Charlie!” I so pity anyone who isn’t old enough to have lived through that era… endlessly funny to dredge that stuff up – there shall be no equivalent in the future to the tastastic 70’s and early 80’s!!

  • hoshizora

    First and last photo….does the coat still have the price tag? Any photos of her after Letterman….at Bloomingdale’s, returning the coat?

  • 44 comments in, it’s all been said. The boot shot the look in the foot. Too chunky, too worn and too off color. A sleek black with a skinny heel would have rocked. Also, leaving those silly glasses she is contractually obligated to wear in her purse would have helped immensely.

  • She and J-Lo know they can work a 70’s look to no end- that’s her body type’s wheelhouse!

    Hate the boots though- they’re weirdly shiny and the wrong color.

  • melanie0866

    Jane Fonda called. She wants her dress back.

  • Aurumgirl

    I don’t know. I love dresses, but this whole flood of “my girl” dresses I’m seeing everywhere (particularly with the very high necklines and puffed shouldered sleeves) is making me remember when the women who wore these dresses “back then” were girls we’d think of as extremely middle aged. My father had secretaries who dressed in clothes just like these. They were all very sweet ladies, but they all had blu-ish hair. Maybe Eva looks “kinda fresh, kinda wow!” in this but it’s because she’s roughly half the age of the women who wore these looks when Charlie was a thing.

  • I like all of it, she’s a girl who likes to mix her prints. Of course she’ll ditch the glasses and the coat inside, so she’s fine. Boots are the place women really get their winter style on other than coats; I’m guessing those are favorites she’s just really comfortable in.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Fug from the get-go for me. Those boots are just… No. And I don’t think that print looks good with her coloring. My brain said a snottier version of “Middle. Aged.”

  • ConnieBV

    I don’t understand animal print with grannie neckline. No. Also, I love stories about TLo in their civilian personae.

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    her boots and ryan’s beat up horrible falling apart boots should run away together, far, far away.

  • MissAmynae

    didn’t follow Coco’s rule re:taking one thing off before leaving the house. Between the crochet/macrame necklace, the boots, glasses, coat…its just overworked and too much. I don’t mind mixing patterns, but it needs to be clean, not fussy.

    Tall black stiletto boots, keep the belt. ditch the coat for a black wool beauty, get rid of that dang necklace thing. Hair into a loose pony, and Amy would be a happy kitten.

  • libraangel

    Ay, mama! I seriously hate this new format of posting. I always end up in the bottom, where it says “load more comments” and I noticed that all of these posts get no likes or replies – probably no one reads them? How – who – can change this back to the old way?

    • jw_ny

      you can click on “discussion” above and change the order of posts to newest, best or oldest. The other format had the same options. I always have it so that it goes newest to oldest….don’t like scrolling thru what I’ve already read. I liked the feature in the other format that you could see who gave me the “like”…this format doesn’t seem to have that.

      But yeah, seems the ones that post first get the most replies and likes. btw…I gave you a pity “like”…feel better? 😉

      • libraangel

        Yes, I do feel better, thanks .

  • libraangel

    I can’t get past the brown and gray – UGH!

  • You boys made me LOL. “Middle Aged” – it’s why I’m cursing the 70’s resurgence. It’s good for my figure, but I was there the last time. Sigh.

  • mhlmh

    I’m getting a Fallon Carrington vibe

  • Louise Bryan

    Love the dress, love the boots. I guess I really am a child of the seventies

  • jw_ny

    Dislike the dress and boots! The dark portions of the dress, mainly at the bust area, looks like she’s either dirty or drenched in sweat.

  • Ginster

    Bob Mackie for The Flintstones.

  • guest2visits

    None of these pieces go together – but she still looks fantastic.

  • kathrineb

    The boots and the sunglasses DO NOT go with the dress.