16 February 2012 by

Zelda Kaplan Dies On Joanna Mastroianni's Front Row at New York Fashion Week

This is one drama we weren't expecting from New York Fashion Week. Zelda Kaplan sadly passed away last night after fainting on the front row at Joanna Mastroianni’s Autumn Winter 2012 show. The socialite, humanitarian and loyal follower of fashion, once described as “New York’s oldest and most beloved night owl", was 95 years old.

Zelda was papped just moments before the show began, and as the second model began her runway walk, Kaplan collapsed. Zelda was kitted out in her signature style - thick framed glasses, bold-printed matching hat, jacket and dress. She regularly visited Africa as part of her charity work, and while there would buy reams of beautifully printed silks and fabrics, which she would bring back to New York and have made into matching full outfits. The party animal, known in her time to out-party Paris Hilton donned these fabulous frocks and millinery to all the best parties and goings-on in Manhattan.

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Image courtesy of Fashionista.com

One of her closest friends, Richie Rich spoke of her death this afternoon, telling the NY Post, “Passing away in the front row was how it was meant to be. Zelda loves fashion, so she died for fashion. She would have wanted to go out in style. Zelda always said, ‘Live, live, live and have fun’ . . . I hope the angels are holding her right now.”


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Christopher Koulouris (Thu Feb 16 19:29:35 GMT 2012): Once on assignment I had the pleasure of interviewing Zelda. I think the following was the most poignant moment: What advice would you offer anyone after 95 years: “To live like today could be your last. You never know when it will be. I am so lucky and blessed if you must know. I have seen and felt so many things and all the people I have met I will never forget them.”. And just like that Ms Zelda Kaplan put down her tea and looked out the window at the passing traffic as I sat there transfixed by her African inspired motif dress. God bless you Zelda, I will miss you from the bottom of my heart. http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/02/keri-ingvarsson-i-had-to-rush-to-the-morgue-to-identify-zeldas-body/