Ha! Beaten to it by a mere Wandering Minstrel! wink
(Whose songs and snatches are actually well worth listening to)

For what it's worth (not much) this is what I proposed:-

Sartorial Disaster.
The Emperor took bad advice
The clothes that he wore were "not nice."
Crowds had seared on their memory
Images rough as emery
That they would not wish to see twice.