Oh my I totally forgot that the Venice Film Festival was due to start yesterday, so imagine my delight to see Eva Mendes glowing on the red carpet last night for the opening ceremony.

The actress appears to be make-up free wearing a strapless Dolce & Gabbana Resort 2010 red leopard print gown.

It’s a bold choice. I’m not the biggest fan of animal print on the red carpet, but the red really works for me.

In the long shot I thought Eva was wearing sunglasses on the top of her head, but the close up shows she’s actually wearing black head piece adorned with black stones.

The actress is in town to promote her new movie, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”, which co-stars Nicholas Cage and Val Kilmer.

Hopefully we will see more of her.

Afef Jnifen always seems to be on the red carpet at these types of events, but I’ve never known what she does.

What she does becomes irrelevant when she walks the red carpet looking this spectacular.

Afef wore a one-shouldered lilac Versace gown embellished on the shoulder and around the bodice.

The detail I love the most is the gathering around her hips. It really gives her a stunning silhouette.

Actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta wore a plunging vibrant blue Roberto Cavalli gown.  We are seeing of this colour on the red carpet and I love it.

The dress is gorgeous with it’s colour and pleated details.

Her look is paired with some exquisite jewels.

Salma Hayek eat your heart out.

Actress Sandrine Bonnaire is also one of the jury members of this festival.

She paired a stunning pair of diamante t-bar heels to complement the diamante strap detail on her white flowing asymmetrical Roberto Cavalli gown.

A silver clutch and diamond earrings completes this beautiful look.

I want to start off my saying I really dislike tattoos.

Italian TV presenter Simona Ventura’s black DSquared gown is all business and that front and party at the back.

It’s like she specially picked this gown to show off her tattoos.

The only thing I like here is her feathered Roger Vivier clutch.

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