Cool new L.A. Collection: Charles Henry


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Designer Meredith Fisher had her first sales appointment for her now-defunct fashion collection, WAYF, at L.A. boutique Satine when she was still in high school.

Soon after, the Kentucky native was shipping orders to Barneys New York out of her college dorm room. And now, after a brief hiatus from fashion, Fisher’s back with a new collection, Charles Henry.


And the sleek line, which debuted for fall 2010, all but encapsulates how Soho House-hopping 22-year-old girls want to dress.

Named after her grandfather, a former women’s ready-to-wear manufacturer, Charles Henry’s first collection features a host of hip separates, from leather-ette pants and ruffled silk tops to sharp little blazers and peek-a-boo cut-out tunics.

But Fisher’s frocks are particularly pretty — and party-ready. There’s a ruched two-toned body conscious mini dress that’s begging for a red carpet moment (may I suggest Kate Bosworth as mannequin?) and a cap-sleeved floral frock that’s super sexy without showing too much skin. Prices range from $195 for tops to $425 for jackets.

‘The collection is really a mix of sexy, sweet and edgy,’ said Fisher, a former intern for Jennifer Nicholson who now lives in L.A. She added, ‘I focus on using beautiful fabrications. I got my start in fashion working with silks, and silk is still my favorite medium.’

Fisher’s already striking a chord with retailers. Well-trafficked L.A. boutiques including Madison, Switch and Intermix have recently snapped up the line.

-- Emili Vesilind