August 30 2014

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10 posts tagged "Nur Khan"

Nur’s Crystal Castle


Nur Khan wants to make life easy for you. Here’s how: The New York nightlife vet puts together a live show at his old venue, Hiro, then does the after-party next door at his new place, the Electric Room at Dream Downtown. The pattern ensued last night, starting with a DeLeon-sponsored performance by the Toronto electro act Crystal Castles, which drew the likes of Amy Sacco, Jessica White, and Shaun White.

“Just march right through here,” Khan explained, trudging through an underground corridor, “and it’s a straight shot without going outside and around the corner.” It’s an especially perfect setup for celebrities to escape from the wave of paparazzi that might be lingering outside. As Khan pushed into the same set of double doors he’d whisked Courtney Love through last week, he discovered the doors were locked. Khan took a swig of his beer and said, “I haven’t slept in two days.”

Khan’s lack of sleep is because he’s been playing host to some of fashion week’s biggest bashes, and things aren’t likely to slow down anytime soon, considering the buzz around the venue. After the deafening, dance-inspiring show there last night, Khan, true to form, brought Castles’ Alice Glass and Ethan Kath next door for the after-party. We’re guessing he’d gotten the doors unlocked by then.

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Lights On At The Electric


“Don’t I look like Mariah Carey right now?” Courtney Love asked her audience at Manhattan’s Hiro Ballroom last night, where she was performing for Scott Lipps’ One Management ten-year anniversary party. “I’m wearing my first piece of swag ever—a 1990 Calvin Klein vest.”

Courtney could hardly be confused with Carey, but it was Love the audience really wanted anyways. After she busted out one of the first songs she ever wrote (with Lipps backing her up on the drums), ”Skinny Little Bitch,” the crowd of mostly models (plus Adrian Grenier, Russell Simmons, and Johan Lindeberg) chanted for “Violet” repeatedly, it was a request to which she eventually obliged after pausing to comment about Frances Bean Cobain’s glam photos that recently surfaced. “Did anyone see pictures of my fucking only child last week?” she asked. “Thank God she didn’t get that nose job—’Skinny Little Bitch’ is for her, she’s just so cool.”

After the show, guests flocked next door to Nur Khan’s latest venture, the not-yet-opened Electric Room at the Dream Downtown. Everyone wanted a glimpse of the “new Don Hill’s,” as Lipps called it, but most left still wondering because the space only allows for a maximum of 100 people. Inside, Love held court with her band members from the Union Jack leather couches in the center of the small room, which was decked out with graffiti art and photos by Sante D’Orazio. Of his newest project since the closing of the legendary Don Hill’s, Khan told, “I was going for a cool, 1996 vibe in here—everyone else seems to be stuck in the eighties right now.” He added, “With this place, it’s going to be an all-night affair and the party will only be just getting started at 2 a.m.”

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OC’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim In At Kenzo, And More…


LVMH has tapped the cool kids behind Opening Ceremony, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, to be the new creative directors of Kenzo. Odds are better than even Chloë Sevigny could be the face of the brand’s ad campaign. The OC collaborator is a fan of Kenzo Takada’s early designs. [WWD]

Jean Paul Gaultier is getting his feet wet with swimwear for La Perla. The designer, who created a lingerie collection for the French line last year, has done a series of cutout and bondage-inspired suits. Madonna, are you listening?

We’re seriously crushing on Tobey Maguire. Until now, we didn’t think argyle or mock turtlenecks could be sexy, but putting the actor otherwise known as Peter Parker in Prada has changed our minds. Watch this behind-the-scenes video of his Fall 2011 campaign shoot for the brand. [Racked]

His Don Hill’s days are over, but Nur Khan is keeping busy with a new project in the works. The nightlife impresario has teamed up with Vikram Chatwal and the Strategic Group as the manager of the new “über-exclusive” club, the Electric Room, in the basement of the Dream Downtown. We’ll see you there in September during fashion week. [Page Six]

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More On McQueen, Mouret And Schiffer On The Fringe, Remembering Don Hill, And More…


At the Telegraph, Hilary Alexander scores a preview of the forthcoming catalog for the Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which will include images by Sølve Sundsbø (left), and an interview with the house’s current creative director, Sarah Burton, by’s Tim Blanks. [Telegraph via Racked]

London’s Fashion Fringe competition has added two new judges to its roster: Joining Selfridges’ Anne Pitcher, London College of Fashion’s Roy Peach, and Metro‘s Bel Jacobs will be Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer. (Last year’s honorary chairman, John Galliano, was originally intended to serve for two years, but will not participate.) The program awards a package of cash, business advice, studio space, and mentorship worth an estimated £100,000; applications are open now, and those shortlisted for the prize will show their collections at London fashion week. [WWD]

Following last night’s wake for late club impresario Don Hill, a few well-placed friends, collaborators, and admirers—including Leigh Lezark, Paul Sevigny, Nur Khan, and Debbie Harry—share their memories of the man and the club. [T]

And tonight, rocker-approved menswear label By Robert James opens up its first-ever pop-up shop, in Tribeca’s John Allan’s grooming club. Which leads us to wonder: Will BRJ’s typically scruffy clientele emerge from the new shop fresh-faced and clean-shaven? [By Robert James]

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Don Hill, R.I.P.


Thanks to a timely reboot from Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny—and the welcome reintroduction of a little good old grit to New York’s occasionally fussy nightlife scene—a new generation of party people discovered Don Hill’s, the west Soho club that’s once again a fixture of the fashion circuit. (In earlier days, it hosted Leigh Lezark and the Misshapes’ weekly party; before that, it was a rock stronghold.) The club that bears his name soldiers on, but Hill himself (left, with Sevigny) reportedly passed away last night in New York. Twitter is already streaming tributes and remembrances from friends like Moby, Bebe Buell, and drag eminences Miss Guy and Murray Hill, all of whom have passed through Hill’s doors. They’re still open—the legacy lives on.

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