NEW YORK — Designer Blaise Delacroix has moved into The Ludlow Residency, a new program from Cotton Inc. and Triple 5 Soul intended to give emerging designers a boost.
The program plans to pick a new designer quarterly and showcase their work to the fashion industry as well as to the public at T5S’s store in the oh-so-trendy Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
Delacroix, 24, celebrated the presentation of his first full collection and the launch of the Residency at a reception, replete with DJ and champagne, in the store, at 145 Bedford Ave., last week.
“It’s definitely a milestone for me,” said the designer. “I grew up knee high to a sewing machine. My mother was a seamstress.”
The inaugural collection, which focuses on panels and flairs, is made from cotton, of course, and includes 28 pieces in 14 different styles.
Though tender in years, Delacroix, who was raised in New Orleans and spent time in Los Angeles and France before going to Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, has designed his own street wear line, worked at m.r.s. and with designers Miho Nikaido and Tani Keller.
“The fresh style Blaise Delacroix brings with his new line of sexy, playful women’s wear is a perfect illustration of the innovative young designers that got their start showing in Triple 5 Soul’s original Ludlow Street location,” said Kathryn Gordy Novakovic, Cotton’s director of fashion marketing, in a statement.
Delacroix’s thinking ahead too.
“I’m also interested in working for a large company,” he said. If the designer had his choice, that would mean working with Jean Paul Gaultier.