NEW YORK – Fashion maven Zelda Kaplan, 95, collapsed and died while on the front row of the Joanna Mastroianni show at Fashion Week Wednesday.
Witnesses said Kaplan "slumped forward" after the models had started walking out at the 1:00pm ET show at The Studio at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
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.
A statement from her friends said, "Zelda Kaplan passed away suddenly today at the age of 95 from natural causes, she was surrounded by friends and family. She will be deeply missed and always loved."
Zelda is known as the matriarch of New York's nightlife scene.