September 14, 2004
Through her ups and downs, Daryl Kerrigan has never strayed from the downtown aesthetic that makes her a favorite of models and those reedy, grungy girls who always date musicians. For her third season back after a two-year hiatus, Kerrigan did a bare-bones spring presentation that included plenty of her regular themes: miniskirts, slouchy skinny pants stacked atop spray-painted boots, draped jersey tops that can be made asymmetric with drawstrings or buttons (and double as minidresses, for the lean and brave). No surprises there. What caught the eye was a dress with a curtainlike hem in a print that looked like a tattoo version of toile de Jouy, and the designer's "Zulu cowboy" pieces: hand-painted cotton separates with bold graphics that fit right in with the week's primitive trend and showed she's willing to step outside her comfortable niche.