David Delfin, the Spanish designer who co-founded the Davidelfin brand in 2001, died Saturday in Madrid due to brain cancer, WWDreports.
Delfin, who's originally from Malaga, was a celebrated industry name, and won many international fashion awards, including Spain's National Award for Fashion Design in 2016 for "developing his own avant-garde universe." He was also famous for his 2002 Mercedes-Benz fashion show in Madrid, where he covered models' faces in sacks and put nooses around their necks to protest the Afghanistan war.
Designer and actor Antonio Banderas, also from Malaga, took to Facebook upon learning the news, saying, "The whole Miami fashion week mourns the death" of the late designer.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences, saying inThe Washington Post's report that Delfin "was one of the most charismatic and creative fashion designers in Spain" and "leaves an incomparable legacy."
Delfin's final collection was for fall '16, which featured bright colors, text and fringed scarves: