Style Icon Zelda Kaplan, 95, Dies at Fashion Show

The New York social scenester was a Fashion Week fixture

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Known as a woman who could “out-party even Paris Hilton,” 95-year-old social butterfly and style icon Zelda Kaplan died Wednesday, sitting front-row at a New York Fashion Week show.

The New York Times reports Kaplan, who was attending the collection of Joanna Mastroianni, collapsed during the show and was carried out by security guards and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“Passing away in the front row was how it was meant to be,” designer Richie Rich tells the New York Post. “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.”

Something tells us they’re also complimenting her on her one-of-a-kind style.

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First Published February 17, 2012

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