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Unlikely Style Inspiration: Elvis Presley

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On this day 35 years ago, the world lost the king of rock and roll. Elvis Presley’s tragic death at 42 shocked the nation and, as then-president Jimmy Carter made clear, irreparably changed the face of American pop culture. Elvis’s most celebrated tracks, not to mention his heartbreaking slow-motion fall from grace, may be seared into our collective memory, but let’s not forget the influence he had on fashion as well at the time — and I don’t just mean his jumpsuit phase. So without further ado, let’s garner some style inspiration from that old beloved hound dog (and with just a touch of help from Priscilla) …

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The Inspiration Board: Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Today would have been Elvis Presley‘s 75th birthday if he had lived. Fans are celebrating the day with museum exhibits, concerts, movie marathons, and even the Cirque du Soleil tribute “Viva ELVIS.” But The Frisky hasn’t forgotten that Elvis is known as much for his style as he is for his music, so we’re going to dress like The King for at least one day, and you can too. Find out how after the jump. Keep reading »

Hair Model Citizen: Elvis Presley’s Hair Scraps

I may have missed the Elvis craze, but ever since I was treated to a private tour of Graceland, I’ve been intrigued by the King. Obviously, intrigued is a far cry from obsessed, and you’d have to be to purchase this “large quantity of hair” for sale by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago later this month. Apparently, this model citizen was shaved off his highness’s head when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and shed his famous locks for a military issue crew cut. This pile of seemingly innocuous hair is estimated to be worth somewhere between $8,000 and $12,000. For serious. To get the look, firmly press electric shaver to head and keep a broom close by. [3/24/58, Live Auctioneers] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Elvis Presley’s Hair Has Split Ends

When Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army in 1958, his famous quiff hairstyle was cut. Fifty-one years later, that tuft of hair is up for auction by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The hair is expected to fetch up to $12,000 on Oct. 18 in Chicago. [10/7/09] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: For Love Of The King

At Austrian fashion designer Lena Hoschek’s show during Berlin Fashion Week, a model walked the runway wearing an outfit made of Elvis Presley-print fabric. [Berlin, Germany, 7/1/09] Keep reading »

Michael Jackson’s Death Eerily Reminds Us Of Elvis

As details emerge about exactly what happened to Michael Jackson, I can’t help but notice—doesn’t this sound an awful lot like Elvis? After the jump, a side-by-side comparison of the superstars’ deaths. Long live the King and the King of Pop. Keep reading »

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