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Nightlife icon Zelda Kaplan dies after attending NY fashion show


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Fashionista Zelda Kaplan, once the subject of an HBO documentary about her youthful style and peppy personality, died after attending a Fashion Week show Wednesday at the age of 95, heartbroken friends told amNewYork.

"She will clearly be missed -- her passion, her enthusiasm," said designer Joanna Mastroianni, whose show Kaplan had attended when she fell faint. "It leaves me speechless."

Mastroianni said Kaplan had been posing for photographs at her 1 p.m. show at The Studio at Lincoln Center. "I heard [Kaplan] was having a good time," she said.

But Kaplan unexpectedly fainted, Mastrioanni added, and was taken to the hospital.

Kaplan's zest for life, accentuated by bold outfits and large-framed glasses, included a love of parties but also her humanitarian efforts championing women's rights in Africa.

In a 2010 interview with New York magazine, Kaplan, then 94, said her bedtime was between midnight and 7 a.m.

When asked what makes someone a New Yorker, she responded: "Someone who really enjoys the energy of this city -- and someone who looks forward to coming home!"

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