June 07, 2011 New York
Daryl Kerrigan's punky, downtown aesthetic has remained consistent since her nineties heyday. The designer maintains a select following while netting new fans by simply doing her own thing. There were a lot of Daryl K hallmarks in this Resort collection: slashes on slim jodhpurs, mesh layering pieces, and a ruched jersey number Kerrigan jokingly called "the Clarissa Dalrymple dress" after the renowned NYC art curator, "because she's been wearing different versions of the same one for 15 years." A similar look got an on-trend update with shibori tie-dye. Kerrigan pinned, dipped, rinsed, washed, rinsed again, and dried each piece by hand: She "can't keep them in stores." Other key pieces, like a silk track jacket with tight sleeves, had a nouveau-Edwardian effect with the addition of burnout velvet details. And while not everyone could pull off the leather hot shorts here, most would appreciate a pair of Kerrigan's signature boot-cut pants in the same stretchy fabric.
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