Oh, Hai New Fashion

Avant and awesome Austin designers Hai launch fall/winter line at stylish Las Cruxes party

Austin designers Hai launch new line at stylish Las Cruxes party

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The new HAI capsule collection is only available at Las Cruxes. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Kemisha Williams and Graham Cumberbatch. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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DJ Samuel Kklovenhoof Photo by Shelley Neuman
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A piece from the HAI collection. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Michelle Devereaux and Max Guren Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Stacia Rodenbusch and Audrey Stewart Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Jennifer Thorn, Sarah Moore, Anna Stewart, and Sarah Murrmann. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Clarabow Rhin looking at some of the jewelry available at Las Cruxes Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Tamara Valdez, Jenny Mulder, Kara Holekamp Photo by Shelley Neuman
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HAI designers Chrissy Paszalek and Karen Sharkey Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Marissa Dessanti, Faith Sams, Cate Xu Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Kasey Price, Sharon Barile, Jill Bradshaw Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Julia Hungerford, Harris Greenwood Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Azin Ashourvan, Susie Cobb, Kelcie McCurry Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Cate Xu checking out some of the bath and body products available at Las Cruxes Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Katy McElroy, Diana Welch. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Las Cruxes owner Veronica Ortuño, Nick Fuentes Photo by Shelley Neuman
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The wet chill that descended on the tail end of the East Austin Studio Tour failed to daunt art lovers, and as the Saturday tour segued into nighttime parties, it became merely a good excuse for the fashionable to don the adorable winter wear we so rarely get to show off around here.

At least, that was the case at Las Cruxes, where a sartorially artful crowd gathered for the reveal of Hai's Fall/Winter Collection. The brainchild of Austin designers Karen Sharky and Chrissy Paszalek, Hai is known for its avant and amazing sack dresses that consistently sell out when bestowed upon Las Cruxes. Veronica Ortuño's happening Eastside boutique, which shares the former Domy Books (RIP) space with Farewell Books on Cesar Chavez, is Hai's exclusive outlet.

At Saturday night's launch, Hai also unveiled an excellent linen blazer and lovely hand-knit tops. Partygoers surveying the goods were kept warm by plenty of tequila and the tunes DJ Samual Kklovvenhoof was spinning; the combination inevitably led to a lights-out dance party.