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Witerati: Priyanka skirt does rile, royal dress rocks aisle

Thanks to Twitter & Co, a monarchy, whose relevance is oftentimes questioned, brought to a halt half the world that merrily put life on hold, to affix eyeballs on live telecasts of royal jollifications in the spirit of ‘eat, drink and be marry’.

punjab Updated: Jun 02, 2018 12:46 IST
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Priyanka Chopra arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor.(REUTERS)

In a season soaked in the spirit of ‘tweet, drink and be Harry’, #RoyalBaby began to look like child’s play compared to the global gala it was a prelude to -- #RoyalWedding. Quite in the same manner as desi film awards Cannes look dwarfed when Bollywood biggies gravitate towards a bigger fashion grand slam at the French Riviera.

For better or for purse, the waning institution of monarchy might have found it harder to survive had it not been for life-savers like Twitterverse. What that ‘cricket-ainment’ called IPL did for the flagging interest in Test matches, ‘Twitter-tainment’ has done for #Royalty — breathed new life into an institution tottering on the brink of fade, but for fairytales of brides made.

Thanks to Twitter & Co, a monarchy, whose relevance is oftentimes questioned, brought to a halt half the world that merrily put life on hold, to affix eyeballs on live telecasts of royal jollifications in the spirit of ‘eat, drink and be marry’.

Of Markle & sartorial sparkle

In this voyeuristic and viral age, where secrets are scarce and confined mostly to classified CIA or IB files, #RoyalWedding gifted the world its best-kept secret — the bridal dress.

Whilst the world waited, with breath bated, for this secret to reveal itself, there were other sources that did reveal — the revealing attires of the Who’s Who, fashionably flaunting cleavages as merrily as invites to the royal wedding in their worst-kept secret.

As Twitterati were agog for the gown under wraps to go gallivanting down the altar, on the sidelines was staged a star parade that saw some Glitterati sporting the right fit and some smacking of dire need (oops, attire need) for alter.

Till the best-kept secret serenaded down the aisle, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George-Amal Clooney and David-Victoria Beckham kept Tweeple distracted with many a preened ‘n’ painted smile.

Voila, when the secret did reveal itself, the bride stunned stylists by not doing Stella McCartney or Ralph & Russo, but going Givenchy. Her Audrey Hepburn-inspired bateau-necked bridal look from “Funny Face”, fashioned by Givenchy, metamorphosed Meghan into the modern-day ‘My Fair Lady’.

Flaunting a trail fashioned with flora from 53 Commonwealth nations (India symbolised in the veil as a ‘lotus’), the Duchess of Sussex put her best foot forward, not only sartorially but politically speaking, too.

A classic case of dressed to skill.

Of Priyanka skirting snark

While the bridal gown had admirers going to town, the Indian face at the global gala also took Twitter by storm, albeit for renouncing the Indian dress norm.

Priyanka Chopra, attending and trending in a lavender skirt and Philip Treacy hat, ruffled sections of India’s political fabric. Priyanka’s preened partiality to the skirt saw textile revivalist and politician Jaya Jaitly trolling PeeCee for cloning British aristocracy by not sporting a sari. Piggy Chops skirted the snark, but her fans didn’t, instead trolling Jaitly Left Right Centre. “Would you ask why Modi doesn’t go touring in kurta pyjama?” or “Never saw Indian men being criticised for wearing a suit on an international platform,” Priyanka fans fumed.

This turned into a classic case of dressed to overkill.

Of all’s well that ends Bull

There was more bull to the wedding than a politician behaving bullish or trolls taking the bull by the horns and targeting that neta. It had to do with PETA.

PETA India, in its unique wedding greetings to the royal couple, gifted a portrait of a rescued bull named after the Meghan-Harry mash-up moniker – “Merry”.

That literally made #RoyalWedding a classic case of “greet, drink and be Merry”.

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First Published: May 27, 2018 11:25 IST