RIP Zelda Kaplan, Doyenne of NYC Nightlife - BUST

We were saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Zelda Kaplan today, at the age of 95. Zelda has been a fixture on the nightlife scene in New York for years, and was beloved by anyone that ever saw her in her brightly colored African print outfits and large dark sunglasses. She was involved in charities to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, and  women's rights in Africa and was much loved by fashionistas everywhere. Often seen out till the wee hours, glass of bubbly in hand, she explained to Trisha Romano in this wonderful profile in the Village Voice from 2006, "I hope I inspire people to not be afraid of being old—really old. And not to feel empty about life, because life is worth living."

Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Zelda was recently on our mind as she was one of the inspirations for our latest fashion story in the Feb/Mar issue of BUST. We lost a true original today.

NY Daily News Photo by Victoria Will

Check out Zelda being interviewed here for Advanced Style (and check out that amazing necklace!)

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