Honoring Famed Dracula Bela Lugosi & ‘Limelight’

Famed Dracula actor Bela Lugosi died on this day in 1956. So far he hasn’t returned my attempts for comment. I try to work in the brilliant Bauhaus song "Bela Lugosi’s Dead" into my set as it has a way of taking the dance floor to a surreal almost hypnotic state. It’s nine-and-a-half minutes long and is often remembered from the opening sequence of the terminally hip 1983, Tony Scott flick The Hunger. That film stared Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and an absolutely brilliant David Bowie. As “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” blared, lead singer Peter Murphy climbed a chain-link fence that separated him from his crowd at a nightclub. Vampires Bowie and Deneuve pick up a couple of victims, including club performer- turned-actress Ann Magnuson. They lure them to a lavish home on the pretext of sex and then rip them to shreds. When I play the track on club nights it’s like a cigarette break. I can close my eyes and ponder things like how songs from this era are still relevant to fast crowds. YouTube this scene right now and toast to Bela Lugosi.

The Limelight flick is scheduled to start airing on Showtime starting today. I figure anybody relevant has already seen this film which has me chatting away in a few scenes. Now, the film which has been seen in the major markets will get to play in Peoria and places like that. For me it’s sort of like a vampire flick with a time and place that has been dead a long time, rising from its grave and into my bedroom and millions of others. Limelight is enjoying its limelight and return to the party with the opening of Daniel and Derek Koch’s Château Cherbuliez restaurant in the hallowed halls. 

Meet Industry Insider & Fashion Designer Carolina Sarria

“I sometimes think of myself as a vampire,” says fashion designer Carolina Sarria. “I dress in jeans and a cotton t-shirt during the day, but at night I transform into the style of my brand. Night is more fun for me.” So after dark, Sarria – the president of her own namesake brand – becomes all that her clothing encompasses: edgy, androgynous, and dark. “My brand attracts the wild girl who is fearless and loves to feel sexy,” she says. Which is perhaps why it’s been received with such applause. Ever since the Colombia-born designer launched her first collection at a fashion show in 2011, the demand for her pieces have been overwhelming, and naturally spawned the need for Sarria’s first store.

The boutique, which opened in January in the Garment District at 325 W. 38th St., showcases her latest collections. “Having your own store is a designer’s dream,” she says. “I love the direct interaction of dressing up my clients and seeing them react to each piece. The process has been stressful, but gratifying.”

Despite the stress, Sarria is expanding her brand threefold; she’s designing a shoe line for a major retail chain which launches early next year, debuting her men’s collection in the fall at the same time her women’s collection appears in commercial stores, and hosting her fall-transition runway show on May 10th.

But what would Sarria do if she wasn’t so successful at designing? “I would be a psychologist who analyzes the minds of the criminally insane. The mad are just more interesting .”

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