RIP style icon Zelda Kaplan

Zelda KaplanFashion lover, socialite and style icon Zelda Kaplan has sadly passed away after she collapsed while sitting front row at the catwalk show for designer Joanna Mastroianni. She was attending the show on Wednesday as part of New York Fashion Week, and was taken to hospital afterwards but the 95 year old died after treatment.


Known for her deep love of Manhattan style and the city’s nightlife, Kaplan was a long established icon in New York. In a statement released afterwards, the designer spoke of Kaplan as “a staple in the New York social scene” for 40 years. “She is best known for her sense of style and her incredible joie de vivre,” she said, adding, “She will be sorely missed.”


Somewhat eccentric but always stylish, Kaplan was known for socialising at art openings, clubs, parties and events with people seven decades or more younger. Profiles in the New York Times and Village Voice as well as the documentary in 2004 entitled “Her Name is Zelda” ensured that her profile among the fashion world remained undiminished.


As well as her fashion interests, Kaplan was a supporter of women’s rights internationally, using her influence and status to help others. Even at an age where many would consider retirement, she continued to explore new sources of style including clothes made from traditional fabrics from Africa and other countries.


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