In a time when every young designer is tackling an edgy downtown vibe, Daryl Kerrigan reminded us that she’s the pioneer. Her Daryl K lineup featured shirts and blazers with zipper or stud embellishments and some seriously cool stretch-leather boleros and pants. The comfort factor was key, as seen in pull-on jodhpurs and a jumpsuit with snaps. As for her secondary Kerrigan line, the designer added a soupcon of sophistication to the typically loud Eighties punk collection: loose cap-sleeved dresses, denim jackets and languid tees with origami folds down the front. Rumpled cotton fabrics further softened up the feel as did the palette of blush, chambrays and heather grays. But Kerrigan didn’t completely abandon the rocker at heart. Case in point: tiny peekaboo cutout details throughout, meant to resemble “punky slashes,” says Kerrigan.

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