Full of relaxed, sporty pieces, Daryl Kerrigan's Spring collection struck the right chord between pretty and tough. She opted for a low-key, intimate presentation and sent her models out two by two in complementary outfits to afford the audience the opportunity to get a good look at the clothes.

Kerrigan fans might want to break out the ThighMaster before Spring: The designer showed a lot of short dresses, most of them in a 1960's shift shape—wider on top, narrowing toward the bottom, with room around the arms in a cropped dolman sleeve. There were chambray day dresses with delicately studded self-covered belts and new-wave asymmetrical snap closures; silk shirtdresses with attitude in red, black, and light gray; great layering tees; and gauzy silk tops with room to spare.

The most interesting pieces were the more fitted jersey ones, with subtle monochrome paneling shaped to articulate the muscle groups beneath the fabric. "I was thinking of a body consciousness, but not in an obvious way," the designer said. Effect achieved.