Zelda Kaplan, the world’s oldest clubkid at 95, died today while sitting front row at the Joanna Mastroianni show at Fashion Week. Which is FABULOUS. I mean: If ya gotta go, THAT’S the way to do it, right? Age 95, and doing what you love. According to Page Six: “Witnesses said beloved Kaplan ‘slumped forward’ after the models had started walking out at the 1 p.m. show at The Studio at Lincoln Center today. She was carried out of the show by security and taken to a private area where EMTs gave her CPR. An ambulance was called and Kaplan was taken to hospital. Zelda is known as the matriarch of New York’s nightlife scene. Often spotted in African-print dresses and giant circular sunglasses, she is famous for staying out all night and partying with the city’s most energetic club kids.”
From a 2010 story about her in Paper: “Raised on a farm in New Jersey, Kaplan has been a golf pro and a ballroom dancer and married twice (to a doctor and a lawyer). Now Kaplan counts Kenny Kenny and Amanda Lepore as close friends and only drinks champagne. She also designs her own clothes from fabric she finds on trips to exotic places. And like a true club kid, she never wakes before 2 p.m. What’s not to love?” What’s not to love, indeed.
According to gazeLLe paulo (pictured with Kaplan above) she preferred the company of young people simply because people in her age complain about illnesses all the time. Gorgeous. I never met the woman, but I imagine we would have gotten along famously.