February 15, 2009
The old was new again at Daryl K. "I wanted to get back to something really essential: tailored comfort," said designer Daryl Kerrigan, standing amid racks in a Soho photographer's studio where she was shooting her lookbook and taking appointments. Fantasy was far from her mind. "I want to make clothes that are beautiful and that the customer really wants," she said. To that end, she kept comfort and practicality top of mind. In anyone else's hands, stretch silk pull-on pants would be an oxymoron; Kerrigan made them sexy as hell. She revisited old favorites and got creative: One versatile tailored topper could be worn as a blouse, cardigan, or jacket. If Kerrigan seemed composed in the midst of turmoil, perhaps it's because she's lived through it before. "I started my business in a recession," she recalled. "Back then the motto was: 'Stay Alive Until '95.'"