On The Avenue

Don Hill’s Reboots and Dominates Fashion Week’s After Hours

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Patrick McMullan Company
Monday, September 13, 2010

Nur Khan (the quiet, tattooed mastermind behind Rose Bar and Kenmare) and DJ Paul Sevigny (Chloe’s preppy big bro) have teamed up and re-vamped the legendary rocker bar Don Hill’s. Don himself is still part of the action, but the club has been given a fresh face-lift and is now hosting fashionable and famous faces nightly. So far, at the official opening party on the 9th, presented by DeLeon Tequila and dubbed “The Nur Khan Sessions,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played and model Jamie Biden was the DJ for a crowd that included Josh Hartnett, Chloe Sevigny, Norman Reedus, Kelly Cutrone, Lauren Remington Platt (who looks so chic in the current Tod’s ads shot by Elliott Erwitt), Erin Wasson and Annabelle Dexter-Jones.

The next night, Pop magazine’s editor Dasha Zhukova threw a party with a surprise performance by Iggy Pop (they should have served Pop Tarts too!). Topless, sweaty Pop rocked the room for Nicky Hilton, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, Adrien Grenier, Calvin Klein’s menswear designer Italo Zuchelli, Doutzen Kroes, DJ Becka Diamond, provocative photographers Ryan McGinley and Terry Richardson, Jeremy Scott, Leigh Lezark, Lesley Schuloff, Margherita Missoni, Perry Farrell, Theodora Richards, model/singer Karen Elson, Andre Balazs, Sante D’Orazio and even Randy Jones, the “cowboy” from the Village People.

Continuing the Don Hill’s domination of the decadent disco hours, Courtney Love and Hole gigged the next night (do Nur and Paul ever sleep?) for yet another chic crowd like Josh Lucas, Michelle Rodriguez (so great in “Machete”), Alessandra Ambrisio, Alexandra Richards, director Brett Ratner, Paz de la Huerta (who is starring in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Byrdie Bell, to name a few. Love was in rare form and photographer Ryan McGinley was in the front row the whole show cheering and dancing like Hole’s number one fan.

Don Hill’s doesn’t take a night off: last night The Dirty Durty Diary, a bi-annual fashion, film and art publication, had their launch party with photographer Larry Clark and a performance by the Crystal Castles. Nur Khan’s Don Hill’s tag line is: “a return to ‘old school’ NYC.” And a return to some tequila-ed red-eye mornings, too. Pass the Visine!


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