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And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you

“Alluring soprano star Danielle de Niese, wife of Glyndebourne Opera boss Gus Christie, had that sinking feeling when she arrived for a performance at the Arts Club in Mayfair—and discovered her glamorous gowns were missing!” [Daily Mail]

  • And then she stepped on the ping-pong ball, in the semi-finals, the very semi-finals.

    • Grane

      Sounds just ghastly!

    • williams

      Every operatic career has its Upson Downs.

  • bffrfm98

    It was ghastly, just ghastly! Good thing I wasn’t drinking a soda when I read that! Too funny!

  • MontyNostry

    As Dani would say: OMG!!!!!!!!

  • Cocky Kurwenal

    With the arts club being 2 short blocks from Bond Street, it would just have been a hop, skip and a jump to any of Gucci/Prada/Ungaro/YSL/McQueen/Dolce/Stella McCartney for another dress -- surely Gus could have fixed things.

    • MontyNostry

      But can those skinny-obsessed designers deal with the famed Booty of the Baroque?

    • Feldmarschallin

      Hasn’t Ungaro gone out of business? I had a gorgeous royal blue silk evening dress with a built in bodice by him. My favorites were Hubert de Givenchy and Balenciaga and in more modern times Galliano for Dior.

      • Bluevicks

        Yes, Ungaro doesn’t work anymore unfortunately. He was one of the few left who was really able to emphasize the beauty of the female body IMO.

        • oedipe

          Oh, not need to cry over “les neiges d’antan” quite yet; we still have a few good ones left, fortunately!

          Take, for instance, (Grigolo’s great friend) Azzedine Alaïa, who right now has an exhibition of 68 “robes-sculptures” at the Musée Galliera:

          http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2013/10/14/les-robes-sculptures-d-alaia-a-galliera_3495016_3246.html

          • oedipe

            …no need…

          • Bluevicks

            Yes, I have forgotten Alaïa as well as Valentino (when he was still in charge) and Armani (in the late eighties). I’m certainly going to say something stupid (I’m not a fashion expert) but I think that Alaïa’s clothes work best on sculptural/curvy women while Ungaro’s clothes are more ”adaptable” to people with less advantaging assets.

            As for ”les neiges d’antan”, I miss Lacroix….

            • oedipe

              I do too! I once visited his small workshop cum haute couture boutique -both of which are now closed- on rue du Faubourg St. Honoré and the dozen or so people who worked there, each of whom was a “maître artisan”, explained to us how they would go about assembling “the collection”, much of it sewn by hand with exquisite details. Lacroix LOVES elaborate details!

            • Feldmarschallin

              Lacroix will be doing the costumes for the new Arabella which will be Festspielpremiere 2015.

      • Regina delle fate

        Gosh FM -- a glamourpuss as well as a connoisseur of the vocal best Muenchen has to offer!

        • Feldmarschallin

          The Feldmarschallin only wears Paris Couture. Only the French truly know the art of haute couture with all the embroidery, feathers and details. But remember that other great German fashion icon also bought at the Maison du Couture…Marlene Dietrich.

  • turings

    “Gus, 49, who has four children by first wife Imogen Lycett Green, granddaughter of Sir John Betjeman …” is a particularly great piece of Mailese.

    • MontyNostry

      The Mail no doubt considers Sir John second only to the Bard himself when it comes to Great English Poets.

      • Regina delle fate

        Heehee Monty! They probably think Shakespeare was a poof. Wore an earing, after all!

  • Grane

    He “wouldn’t let her have a hissy fit” and he was the one who forgot the suitcase? Love to know more about this marriage. On second thought, maybe not.

  • MontyNostry

    The lovely Ailyn Pérez did something similar a few years ago when she gave the first of her recitals at St John’s Smith Square, but she looked very good in her cocktail frock.

  • semira mide

    Then there is the “under-dressed” Bruce Ford in this excerpt from Rossini’s Armida. In spite of the wardrobe mis-match it is my favorite production so far ( concert!)
    Maybe Mr. Ford’s baggage got lost, but his voice is there and that’s all that matters.

    • manou

      Bruce Ford is indeed so under-dressed that he has completely disappeared.

      • semira mide

        Oops! Sorry for the delay, but the baggage still hasn’t arrived.

  • The horror, the sartorial horror!

  • operaassport

    Alluring? I just threw up in my mouth. Matt Bomer is alluring, de Niese looks like a fading drag queen.

  • DeNiese is only 34? And the voice has already been declining for a few years…

  • tannengrin

    Kids these days.

    Mary Garden would have done something fabulous with the curtains and rope, some cocktail napkins from the bar, and well-chosen flowers from the bouquet!

  • Grane

    What about the clothes Gus is wearing in the photo? Did he lose all his suitcases too?

    • manou

      Not everyone can be a clothes horse, Grane…

      • Regina delle fate

        lol @ clothes horse, Grane! It’s quips like this that make my day. But I’m easily amused. :)

        • Regina delle fate

          Grane, mein Kleider-Ross!

    • MontyNostry

      Grane -- Gus is a posh British bloke who lives in the country. Of course he’s shabbily dressed. It would be vulgar to look clean and tidy and to be perceived as wearing anything that doesn’t look as though it was passed down from Daddy.

      • oedipe

        Vintage is in!

  • Signor Bruschino

    I went into Cosi not liking her (based on ridiculous articles like this in the past (eg this NYTimes style section piece http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/fashion/the-soprano-danielle-de-niese-what-i-wore-from-jan-18-to-jan-24.html ) because she came off like an idiot. Saw Cosi, and my opinion veered towards the positive. Now something like this, makes me go back to my original opinion. Not all press is good press Danielle-

  • mirywi

    I’m surprised this 100% inconsequential human-sorta-interest story has prompted anyone to comment.

    • armerjacquino

      And yet…

    • manou

      Inconsequential? The poor lamb was “sick with fear”, further on she “sat there paralysed with fear”, and to add insult to injury, she “had to wear a sparkly cocktail dress”. How much tragedy and terror can one diva suffer before it becomes consequential?

      I ask you.

      • Batty Masetto

        I can tell you that the one time I had to wear a sparkly cocktail dress I was simply mortified. Especially because the hem kept riding up and showing my Jockey shorts.

        • manou

          …and then they went and cast Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon instead of you.

        • Imagine how the other mourners must have felt.

      • Some people’s apathy is astonishing.

  • Salome Where She Danced

    Don’t hate the future _Lady_ Christie because she’s thin and gorgeous!!