MOST OF US may be sick and tired of beige, but that diminutive newly-single guy around New York Billy Joel still has use for a beige suit or ten.

For his forthcoming tour with Elton John, Joel will be buried under baggy suits signed Armani, the kind Gianni Versace said were fit for bank managers when Eric Clapton defected from Versace glam to Armani sobriety. However, Elton won't be going beige. Fiercely loyal to the ageing rock stars' glam uniform, he is sticking to Versace.