lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2009

Elvis the King of Rock & also the King of Bling

Elvis the King of Rock & also the King of Bling: He was the ultimate
entertainer, full of life onstage and a talented, prolific musician. But what set
Elvis Presley apart from other rock stars was his unique and completely
original sense of style.
Both icon and iconoclast, Elvis took his stylistic cues from contemporary
fashion trends but continually broke new ground.
From the elaborate jewelry he wore to the way he styled his hair, Elvis had
a truly distinctive style and 30 years after his death, his legacy continues
to influence today's musicians and performers.
"When you think of Elvis, and when you think of sparkle, and you think of
show business, you think of flash, you think of those performances," says
Beyoncé Knowles. And I think still, to this day, modern performers look to that to
get a lot of inspiration."
The king of rock wasn't just on the cutting edge of the style curve, he was
light-years ahead of it. Always adopting new elements into his fashion
repertoire, Elvis continually reinvented himself.
"Elvis's fashion changed all the way through his career. He never locked
himself in one decade," says Julie Mundy, author of "Elvis Fashion: From Memphis
to Vegas." "So, he certainly followed fashion, even though he was a
trendsetter in his own way."
Elvis started honing his personal style at a young age, refusing to adhere
to convention, even in his school years. A child of the South, he was heavily
influenced by black culture, both its music and its style.
"He liked bright colors. He got that from black entertainers, from the black
culture, in general," says Alana Nash, journalist, and author of several
books about Elvis. "He liked anything flashy. He liked anything that made him
stand out."
In creating his legendary persona, Elvis borrowed elements from his personal
passions. His infamous white jumpsuits, and the kicks he incorporated into
his choreography, were a nod to his love of martial arts. These elaborate
jumpsuits Elvis wore in some of his shows, accompanied by capes and jewelry
adorned with his motto TCB, which stood for "Taking Care of Business" in a flash r
eflected a childhood adoration of comic book characters.
His famous hairstyle with the long sideburns can also be traced to his
affinity for comics. "You could look at Captain Marvel comics and look at that
thing," says Paul Simpson, author of "Rough Guide to Elvis." "I think, actually,
you can see roughly where it came from."
The superhero theme was not lost on Elvis admirers. The first time Elvis
impersonator Brendan Paul put on his custom-made jumpsuit; he, too, felt the
power of Elvis' early influences. "I went home and stood in front of the
mirror," says Paul. "I was like a kid in a Superman costume."
In the 1970s, Elvis became one of the first celebrities to personify "glam
rock", a style that blended androgynous, ostentatious clothing and jewelry,
and was later mimicked by such artists as David Bowie.
With his ornate jumpsuits and accessories, "he certainly did pioneer a kind
of look that blended the sex appeal of men and women," says Nash. Elvis took
flashy garments and put his own spin on them, making them more glamorous and
more memorable. Many of today's R&B artists take their cues from Elvis's
habit of wearing lots of sparkling jewelry.
"Elvis was into bling before any hip-hop artist was ever into bling," says
actor Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock. Through the decades, Elvis's
style continually evolved, and for every element he borrowed from contemporary
trends, he added a number of his own. A veritable fashion chameleon, Elvis's
different incarnations spanned the style spectrum. But one thing is for
certain, the King was always ahead of his time. (News, Source: ABC News)

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