I love these suits , i think they have a slimming effect on Elvis . I think the jumpsuits this season like The Dragon Suit made him look heavier . I think the jumpsuits were getting old by 1974 / 75 . I would have liked him to have tried more new looks like this after this maybe throw in the odd jumpsuit here and there ( ie The Indian Chief or Pheonix Suits ) but mix it up more .
Although I love the pic in Tommy's post #42, I'm not too keen on the stitching. I'm assuming it's red stitch but I'm very colour blind so I can't really see the colour, I just don't like it. The suit itself is flattering and shows off his body nicely.
I agree that these suits really looked good on Elvis. He DID look a lot heavier in the jumpsuits he wore during this engagement...not sure why, because it'd seem like the leather suits, being less form-fitting, might actually exaggerate his size (and, really, he was still pretty trim in August of '74). Somehow he looked younger in these leather suits. I love the tiger and dragon suits, but these North Beach outfits were very nice for the time.
Thank you all for your nice comments. (y)