JOE BATES, the joint creative director of Sibling, has died. The designer, who helmed the label alongside Cozette McCreery and Sid Bryan, passed away at the weekend following a "long battle with cancer", Love Magazine reported via its Instagram account this afternoon.
"RIP our gorgeous and beloved friend Joe Bates of Sibling," read the tribute. "He lost his long battle with cancer at the weekend. We will miss his sharp wit and talent hugely, his legacy will continue through the Sibling label."
Members of the fashion industry - as well as fans of the ready-to-wear label that he built into one of the highlights of London Fashion Week alongside McCreery and Bryan - were quick to pay their own tributes on the social-media platform, where a message from Sibling's official account thanked the well-wishers for their messages of condolence.
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