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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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.”