Newark native Marco Hall is known for his creations that reflect the well-dressed women of his childhood, who inspired a sense of luxury, sophistication and a cultural richness that infuse his designs with a lifestyle sensibility and a decided edge. The self-taught designer also sites his intuitive understanding of a woman’s silhouette and how she desires to feel as the drive behind his choice of fabrics, artistic touches, exuberant use of color and obsession with eclectic prints. Hall has succeeded in reawakening a woman’s desire for style, not fashion, and for bankable silhouettes that play a leading role in her life. His willingness to take risks and provoke newness have made him a destination authority for celebrities, tastemakers, visionaries and women in-the-know. Think Rihanna, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Vivica Fox. One of Hall’s greatest joys was creating some of the most memorable designs for music royalty Natalie Cole and acclaimed playwright, Ntozake Shange.
Marco Hall Designs have walked the runways from NYC Fashion Week to the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. They’ve graced the big screen in “Sex and the City” and “For Colored Girl’s” and the small screen on Bravo’s “Fashion Hunter’s,” VHI’s “LaLa Full Court Life and NBC’s “Kath & Kim.” They’ve broke convention on the covers of Pulse, Vibe Vixen and SWAG and on the pages of Harpers’s Bazaar Japan, Paris Vogue, Ebony, RougeVogue, Zink and more.
In 2014, The New York Times recognized Hall as one to watch on Newark’s emerging art scene. That same year, his work was added to the curriculum at Fashion Institute of Technology. This was followed by a successful collaboration with Target and Vogue Magazine. Newark Fashion Forward, a new Initiative spearheaded by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in 2018, recognized Hall as a trailblazer, which gained the designer national coverage in the Wall Street Journal. On December 13, 2018, Hall debuted the “Marco Hall x Mikki Collection” a curated collection of ready-to-wear inspired by his latest muse, Author, Beauty Influencer and longtime Editor-at-Large for ESSENCE Magazine, Mikki Taylor. When asked about the key to his success, Hall says “staying true your aesthetic is what sets you apart. If you don’t believe in it no one will.”