NEW YORK — More than two years have passed since Daryl Kerrigan staged her last fashion show, and she says a little rest does a designer good.

“I’m not as stressed out as I used to be. Doing two shows a year for two collections for seven to 10 years was hard on the creative process,” said Kerrigan, a mother of two.

Now that she’s back to working independently after repurchasing the rights to her name from the Leiber Group, Kerrigan is focusing on her creativity instead of the day-to-day business side of fashion. That means plenty of time for draping, sketching and playing with clothes. “When you drape, it allows what you’re interested in to come out naturally. You don’t really have a plan. You just do it and things happen.”

Kerrigan will raise the curtain on her new collection in an empty commercial space in Chelsea on Sept. 17. With a concrete floor and white risers, the 40,000-square-foot raw area is close enough to the street to pick up Kerrigan’s slick street-smart style. “It’s always about New York for me,” she said.

Miguel Adrover, another who similarly closed his business following the Leiber Group debacle, is also planning a return show on Sept. 15, following a one-season absence from the tents. A spokeswoman for the designer said he is still in the process of securing sponsorship for the show, but that the presentation is fully expected to take place.

His former assistant, Sebastian Pons, who has been building his own collection in Europe, has also reserved a time slot on Sept. 19.

In Kerrigan’s case, instead of designing two lines as she did in the past with K189 and Daryl K, she is focused on one. The new collection centers on jersey and layering and includes some “pre-explained” pieces that are already sewn together. “There are great pants and skirts that you can wear any way. When you put them together you get a great look, or each can be stripped down to be worn on its own.”

As for her return to the runway, Kerrigan said, “What else is somebody like me going to do?”

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