Oversized glasses, bold African prints and a toque, fashion maven Zelda Kaplan was inveterate clubgoer at 95

(This woman sounds like fun. No doubt she was a lot of people’s favorite person.)

NEW YORK – Zelda Kaplan exited this world much as she had lived in it for the last four decades or so of her 95 years — as an inimitable fixture on fashion’s front lines and an inveterate clubgoer in Manhattan.

In June, she danced the night away at her 95th-birthday party at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Last month she was photographed at the reopening of the XL club, surrounded by people a third her age. And only Wednesday she took her customary front-row seat at the fashion show of her friend, the designer Joanna Mastroianni, at Lincoln Center, part of New York Fashion Week.

Ms. Kaplan held a colorful place in a layer of New York society made up of flamboyant, surprising and self-invented people — she had been a suburban housewife in another life — who are largely known for being seen. Well into her 90s she was a strikingly dressed regular at nightclubs, fashion shows and parties in Manhattan while living there in a rent-controlled studio apartment.

(This Feb. 17,2012 story appeared in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2012. Read the rest here.)



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