February 08, 2006 New York
The designer said she conceived the collection for "the same cool, rock 'n' roll woman who's always been my muse: She's grown up, but she hasn't grown old." That made for a presentation that was accomplished and clear in expression. Dresses were a focus this season. Nothing floaty, mind; Kerrigan opted instead for a "restrained" look, gathered at the waist and knee. Standouts were a chestnut silk number and another in black with button placket detailing. Alongside these "punky couture" dresses, she showed staples like wrap tops, pencil skirts, and, of course, leggings. Kerrigan has had her share of business woes, but this collection suggests that she's on an upswing at last.