Kara Hill Hall is the daughter of Sherri Hill, a self-made, internationally-known dress designer and native Oklahoman. Sherri desired to build a legacy that would provide opportunity for her family. Her hard work has come to fruition.
Kara grew up around fabulous dresses, she laughs when she admits she mostly wears simple, black silhouettes. She recalls her mother designing and sewing away in their garage. She later watched her take a leap of faith when she stopped working for other designers and began her own line. Kara opened Serendipity, a boutique offering a large selection of designer gowns, in 2002. There she outfitted many metro women for weddings, proms, pageants and other special occasions. She would soon take a leap of her own, working for Sherri Hill Designs full time.
“I refer to myself as an accidental stylist,” Kara says. She moved from Edmond to LA with her son Justin Dwayne Hall as he pursued his acting career at age 14. Justin made fast friends with a handful of celebrity teens. Kara says the wild Hollywood parties weren’t what they experienced. “These kids like to do the same things other kids do. They bowl, swim, watch movies… the moms were all there. We would chat while the kids hung out.” Kara says her initial connection with the group of moms was based on the fact her son wasn’t a threat to their daughters; they weren’t competing for the same roles. The first celebrity she dressed was Bella Thorne, a favor for a friend of her son’s.
As time progressed, Kara became known as the “LA Momma.” Celebrities would show up at her door with their hair piled on top of their heads wearing sweats. “No one left my house hungry. We’d find a dress, eat and hang out.” After her son got older, Kara moved back home. She misses LA, her son and spending time with her clients, but she can do her work from anywhere. “I know my clients well enough that an email, text or facetime works. After a quick chat, I can get dresses ready to send their way the same day.” Initially, my connections were through my son, but my network of styling clients has grown beyond that.
Connections are Key
Her clients have become her greatest referral source. Kara laughs, “I have no idea how many times my cell phone number has been given out at parties.” Kara has styled Raini Rodriguez, Madison Pettis, Corinne Foxx (Jamie Foxx’s daughter), Miss America Cara Mund, Halima Aden, Victoria Justice, Bella Thorne, Olivia Holt, Ariana Grande, Debby Ryan, Nathalie Emmanuel, Brittney Aldean and her entire wedding party.
Kara continues to work with her mother, planning events and displaying dresses for wholesale buyers in various markets. Kara’s personality exudes her desire to take care of others. She’s content to be in the background and make others look really good.