Eva Hughes on How Fashion Empowers & What Defines 'Power Dressing'

By Patricia Tortolani | May 1, 2019 | People

Fashion business expert, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico & Latin America and founder of Adira Consulting, Eva Hughes, will never go out of style. For that and more, she joins our list of Miami "Women of Influence."

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Your personal style is amazing. How does fashion empower you?
EVA HUGHES: It took me a long time to figure out my own style. Google can attest to that. I am referring to Eva’s style. Not what people wanted or expected from me but what was right for me. I cannot say my style is amazing but I am happy with my style. Inner beauty, inner confidence, that’s the style to uncover. To do so you must embark on a journey of exploration, understand who you are and what do you want to portray. For some it is simple; for others in the public arena it is a bit more challenging. Fortunately the more you know yourself, the better of a style you develop. Clothes and makeup are there to amplify but never to define who you are. I always say find your voice, be in agreement with it, defend it and go on out and about; the world is yours to take and style is what you bring with you.

What drove you to become so involved in the Miami fashion scene?
EH: I was born in Spain and came to Miami at the start of my ninth grade in high school. My dream was to get married and have five kids. Well, that never happened. Life put a light on a path I never expected. I was put in a position to thrive in fashion, and as I evolved, Miami did as well. I feel we grew together and have found our own tone together, as one. This is my town. My turf. With or without fashion. I am very grateful for what this amazing city has given me, and every day I wake up and I say thanks for where I live, for the sunsets and blue skies, even for the days of thunder and humidity. This is more than beauty or a skyline; this is about finding a place that is your soulmate because it allows you to grow, to be and to do.

How do you define ‘power dressing’ in 2019 and beyond?
EH: Power comes from who you are as a person and how powerful you feel in your own skin. Confidence matters. Believing in yourself matters more. Are we all confident? Nope. Whatever you wear—be it a T-shirt or a suit—do it with style, with presence of mind, with respect, with passion and drive. Never be sloppy, never drag your feet. Whether it is a $30 look or a $1,000 pair of shoes (you heard right), own it!

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Photography by: Photography by Mary Beth Koeth; Shot on location at Swan and Bar Bevy