Wrinkle in time: silver-haired fashion stars are just what we ...

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Wrinkle in time: silver-haired fashion stars are just what we need

As these inspired, and inspiring, creatives prove, fashion knows no age, and lockdown is no obstacle

Sahil Harilal
Wan-Ji Chang and Sho-Er Hsu.
OLDIE BUT a GOODIE Wan-Ji Chang and Sho-Er Hsu.
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Wan-Ji Chang and Sho-Er Hsu

Taking dressing up in quarantine to a whole new level, octogenarian fashion superstars Wan-Ji Chang and Sho-Er Hsu found instant fame through their Instagram account Want Show As Young, enriching our feed with some much-needed wholesomeness. In just over a month the fashionable Taiwanese pair have garnered more than 622,000 followers wearing and styling the forgotten clothing from their laundromat. 

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如果今天還是秀娥氣勢贏,那我就會告訴萬吉,說應觀眾要求,必須出一篇秀娥特輯! 前幾天VOGUE的文章說到:「有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛❤️」,這是什麼愛?其實孫子也不知道,但當有人把整套好看的西裝送洗未取,拿來給兩人穿上,就算這次沒有相視而笑,就算衣服來自不同主人,也還是會覺得是情侶裝,這應該就是愛吧? 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 成套西裝:至少20年以上未取成套雙排扣白西裝 內搭:8年以上未取布達佩斯紀念T(已找到新主人) 腰帶:萬吉的領帶 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 成套西裝:至少15年以上未取全套卡其西裝 內搭:3年未取白t恤 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿、認同請分享❤️ These old clothes have been abandoned by customers at the laundry for years. Owners of the laundry store, Wanji and Sho-Er who are over 80 years old. Grandson just can't bear to see them overwhelmed with bore everyday. So, ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits! 💡A friendly reminder|Don’t forget to pick up your laundry. #有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛 #萬秀洗衣店 #Wantshow #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - - #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #dappei @dappei_tw #juksyootd @mixfitmag_snap #cool_ootd #plainme_snap #plainme_life #femmefuture @nataliadornellas @irdailystyle @styleshare_kr #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love

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From matching pastel suits to oversized sunglasses and bucket hats, over the decades they have amassed a veritable treasure trove of forgotten and uncollected clothing. The couple were inspired by their grandson, Reef Chang, who, in an effort to lift his grandparents’ quarantine spirit, decided to recycle the clothes for their amusement.  

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今天放這張的原因,是孫子上週一個人手忙腳亂下發生的蠢事⋯⋯ 上週末突然間有很多留言,一直很想好好回覆,結果按錯鍵點到了刪除,但這張真的很可愛!是萬吉拍照時自己玩開了,拿著相機擺姿勢說「我是不是要這樣?」 看到他們自己樂在其中的神情就是最棒了的!但我以後會小心⋯不再做蠢事了。 👴🏼萬吉(身高160) 外套:至少8年未取真皮騎士外套 上衣:至少5年未取條紋襯衫 褲子:至少10年以上未取導致褶痕處自然色落的工裝褲 👵🏼秀娥(身高155) 外套:至少5年未取合成皮騎士外套 洋裝:15年以上未取老洋裝 🔔溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿❤️ The reason for posting this picture today is because of the stupid thing I’ve done in a rush. Last week, many comments came all in a sudden and I accidentally deleted this picture when I tried to reply you guys! This picture is really so cute! Wan-Ji got so turnt during the shooting and was posing and asking “should I do it in this way?”. It was the best moment to see them enjoying themselves. And, I’d be careful not to do such stupid thing again! 👴🏼Wan-Jin (160 cm) Outer: Leather jacket, unclaimed for >8 years Top: Striped shirt, unclaimed for >5 years Bottom: Cargo pants, faded at the flowing because it’s unclaimed for >10 years 👵🏼Sho-Er (155 cm) Outer: Artificial leather jacket, unclaimed for 5 years Dress: unclaimed for >15 years 🔔Please remember to pick up you clothes ❤️ #萬秀洗衣店 #萬秀的洗衣店 #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - _ #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #femmefuture #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love #laundry #outfits

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“I hope that through the Instagram account I can let everyone know that they must remember to pick up the clothes. Besides, seeing the life of my grandparents [in quarantine] is very boring, I hope to give them some change and fun.”

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6/27-7/27,讓萬吉和秀娥多麼驚奇一個月! 秀娥:「不要覺得自己老就想每天休息,因為這樣,只會讓你越來越老!」 一個月前的今天,姑且一試的發了照片,沒想到讓萬吉秀娥從不知道Instagram 的老人,變成了會看留言的年紀大的人! 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 針織衫:至少5-10年未取針織衫 上衣:萬吉私服T-SHIRT 短褲:萬吉私服工作褲 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 上衣:至少3-5年長版落肩T-shirt 裙子:秀娥30年以上私服 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿❤️ From 6/27 to 7/27, what a surprising month for Wan-Ji and Sho-Er! Sho-Er said, “Don’t just keep resting every day because you think you’re old. This will only make you older!” One month ago, I’d posted some photos and unexpectedly turned Wan-Ji and Sho-Er from old peoples that didn’t even know Instagram to someone that read through comments! 👴🏼Wan-Ji(160 cm) Sweater: unclaimed for 5-10 years Top: Wan-Ji’s own T-shirt Bottom: Wan-Ji’s own working pants 👵🏼Sho-Er(155 cm) Top: Long, oversize T-shirt, unclaimed for 3-5 years Dress: Sho-Er’s own dress, worn for at least 30 years 💡Remember to pick up your clothes ❤️ #萬秀洗衣店 #萬秀的洗衣店 #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - _ #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #femmefuture #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love #laundry #outfits

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Chang has been assisting his grandparents at their laundromat since he was a child, and is responsible for the styling, art direction and photography.  

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一樣的衣服換一件裙子、一樣的褲子換一件衣服,再加上秀娥一個新的態度,就成了不同的萬吉👴🏼和秀娥👵🏼 萬吉很謝謝大家關心!藏起來的右手努力康復中! 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 襯衫:至少6年未取花襯衫 內衣:萬吉日常白內衣 褲子:萬吉私服工作短褲 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 上衣:8年未取紀念T(已找到新主人) 領巾:再度由被遺棄的手帕擔綱 裙子:再度由秀娥30年私服擔綱 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿、認同請分享❤️ These old clothes have been abandoned by customers at the laundry for years. Owners of the laundry store, Wanji and Sho-Er who are over 80 years old. Grandson just can't bear to see them overwhelmed with bore everyday. So, ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits! 💡A friendly reminder|Don’t forget to pick up your laundry. #萬秀洗衣店 #Wantshow #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - #mixandmatch #clothes #craftsman #しょくにん #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #budapest #grandma #grandpa #dappei @dappei_tw #juksyootd @mixfitmag_snap #cool_ootd #plainme_snap #plainme_life #femmefuture #culturecartel @nataliadornellas #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート

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“They are very happy with the success; followers encourage them and praise them as if they have many more grandchildren in the world. They also feel that they have done a good thing – to remind elderly people not to limit themselves.”  

Britt Kanja  

“In old age, life just begins,” says Berlin’s brightest silver-haired style icon Britt Kanja. As a former professional dancer, stylist and model, it’s no surprise that Britt (and her equally stylish husband) have become firm favourites on Berlin’s art and cultural scene.  

Aside from making all her own clothing (adding designer to her already impressive repertoire) Britt also produces fashion shows, works as a digital designer and creates her own artwork. 

“I’m constantly aiming to broaden my horizon and I feel I’m expecting less and less and am able to give more and more. We’re living in tough, exploitative times, but it’s up to you to make the best out of it – and let the sparks fly!”

Promoting classical elegance and grace with a fierce sense of humour, Britt has been likened to a modern-day Audrey Hepburn.

 Whether in duchess satin, orchid fascinators or turquoise jewellery, the “ Grande Dame of Berlin Nightlife”, as she has come to be known, is often seen rolling through Berlin on skates. 

Arlinda McIntosh 

Drawing on her expertise as a freelance costume designer, Sofistafunk by Arlinda McIntosh has evolved into a zero-waste fashion brand that not only delivers high-octane design with an eco-conscious element but also promotes body positivity and inclusivity. 

Sofistafunk is made up of brightly coloured, energetic pieces that celebrate the diversity of female beauty.  

McIntosh designs, models and wears all the garments herself, even attracting the attention of Ari Seth Cohen, the brain behind “Advanced Style”, a love letter to ageless beauty and style.

Her inspiration to become Sofistafunk’s model is rooted in the brand’s cornerstone of authenticity – the more she remained true to herself, instead of trying to be some inauthentic, idealised woman, the more her sales increased.

“Heavier or thinner, I never thought about it that way, I just knew my skirts were cute. And that was all that mattered. Society tells us when something is a beautiful outfit – ‘Oh I love that on you, it makes you look so young’. Why? Maybe I don’t want to look young. Maybe I want to look like I look.”