The Elegance of Elvis

Quiff. Sunglasses. Giant collars. Sideburns. Medallions. Jumpsuits. Blue suede shoes. Leathers. Hawaiian shirts. Capes. Loafers. White shoes.  White belts. White flares. And that gold suit. Elvis Presley is one of the very, very few figures worthy of that ghastly, overused, underachieved word: Icon. Like the Byzantine images from which the word derives, Presley’s style is…