How To Do “Fashion Maven” At 80?

Headline-grabbing made-to-measure maven Liang Xide is one lace-loving grandmother who recently went viral on Chinese social media app WeChat. Which beckons me to wonder: In China, is style really ageless?

A series of photos of an 80-year-old  woman boasting high heels and floral dresses hit WeChat and went viral within two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

Liang Xide is China’s newly celebrated fashion icon. At the tender age of 80. She hails from the city of Chongqing (Southwest China) and took part in the photo-op as part of her birthday when visiting her grandniece and boutique owner Lin Dan in Shenyang (Northeast China). Liang’s fashion fame isn’t a first as China’s social media have quite the history of torpedoing the elderly into supermodel-dom.

China in 2012 introduced the world to 72-year-old grandfather Liu Xianping who charmingly helped out his granddaughter by modeling womenswear for her Taobao (the No.1 online shopping Walhalla in China) Yuekou boutique.

Then, in January of 2016, one 85-year-old farmer who had tended to the rice paddies all his life boasted onto the scene despite never having worn a suit in his 85 years. “A series of photos of Ding Bingcai, nattily dressed and striking elegant poses, taken by his fashion photographer grandson (Ding Guoliang) went viral on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo,” CNN Style reported at the time.

Next in the backstage runway line-up, we find an elderly couple from Handan, located in northern China’s Hebei Province, who on June 12 of this year decided to capture their 64th wedding anniversary for all eternity by posing for a fashionable photo shoot, the People’s Daily Online reports. Little did they know, the images would soon attract worldwide netizen attention. And soon, another octogenarian supermodel would be born…

“Grandma likes posing for photos. So I thought a set of fashion photos would make for a special birthday gift.”

A series of photos of 80-year-old Liang boasting high heels and floral dresses on July 6 hit Chinese mobile social media platform WeChat and went viral within two shakes of a lamb’s tail, reports Shanghai Daily. 

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“Grandma likes posing for photos. So I thought a set of fashion photos would make for a special birthday gift. I invited a photographer and carried over two suitcases of my own clothes and shoes,” explained Lin.

This is one grandmother who prefers the lace to be on her, instead of the coffee table. For the full story on this glam gran, please go to Shanghai Daily right here! And as far as that “ageless style” question goes, I’ll leave you with a shake of Vreeland:

You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.

 

Photos: Shanghai Daily.