2.18.2012

New York City's oldest style icon dies in a Fashion Show

Zelda Kaplan, 95 photographed in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni's fashion show. 



New York City's oldest style icon and club goer Zelda Kaplan died Wednesday in the front row seat of Joanna Mastroianni's show at the Lincoln Center, she collapsed into her neighbors lap. Ruth Finley, publisher of The Fashion Calendar, said that Kaplan flooped over onto her.The socialite was given CPR and taken to nearby St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in an ambulance but could not be revived. 

"Passing away in a 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." - Richie Rich (flamboyant designer and club kid)

In a statement, designer Mostroianni said, "We are deeply saddened to lose Zelda, such an icon of the fashion community. Zelda has been someone I have known and respected over the years. I truly admired her for her individuality and incredible spirit. She had such a love of life and believed in living everyday to its fullest. She will be sorely missed and my heartfelt condolences to her family."






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