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In the Name of K

NEW YORK — Daryl Kerrigan’s got her name — and her groove — back. At a recent party at Henri Bendel, where her line will be sold exclusively, her intricate made-to-order clothes were worn by eight long-time Daryl K supporters....

NEW YORK — Daryl Kerrigan’s got her name — and her groove — back. At a recent party at Henri Bendel, where her line will be sold exclusively, her intricate made-to-order clothes were worn by eight long-time Daryl K supporters. The event was planned by The New York Times style editor Amy Spindler.

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But while these new looks weren’t the cool printed T-shirts and simple hipster pants that made Kerrigan’s reputation and built her pre-Pegasus business, they were true to the spirit of downtown luxe she pioneered in the early Nineties. “I got to do what I’ve wanted to do for years — hand-dying and hand-finishing all the things you really should do before it all gets out of control,” said Kerrigan, who was mingling in the crowd.

Artist Cecily Brown wore a sharply pleated and folded corset over a hot pink top and dark striped pants, while Anne Christensen’s outfit was made from complex layers of white: a corset top, swagged miniskirt and skinny pants. “Daryl and I always used to joke that we’d never get married,” she said. “We thought it would be fun to have a wedding outfit that you could just wear all the time.”