There is lots of designer news to report this morning, but sadly it's not all good. Some of you might remember that terrible incident in April last year, which resulted in Nicole Fahri being robbed at knifepoint at her North London home. Now a court has heard how Fahri was "strangled until she blacked out" by her assailants who stole a ring, money and a Rolex watch. It is claimed that brothers, Matthew and Daniel Mykoo, attacked the French-born designer from behind, putting an arm around her throat until she lost consciousness. Her husband, playwright Sir David Hare, chased the accused down the street, taking note of their car registration number.

The pair are believed to have preyed on 18 other victims, robbing them of their jewellery. They admitted the offences, but denies 16 counts of robbery and one charge of taking a car without consent. The trial continues.

In other unfortunate news, it appears as though Emma Cook is discontinuing her line next season. Although no official announcement has been made, the revelation came in an interview by Paper magazine with Megan Farrell, an assistant store manager for Opening Ceremony in New York.

When asked what summer staple does everyone need to snap up before it disappears, Farrell replied: "Emma Cook is discontinuing her line next fall so be sure to snatch up what we have if you are a fan!"

Say, what?! I really hope this isn't true, but in the face of such a recession, designer casualties are a sad yet real consequence.

For example, Veronique Branquinho has decided to shutter her 11-year-old label due to a sharp drop in orders of her fall '09 collection, as well as cancelled orders and no-payments for spring '09. She will now focus her energy on her new role as artistic director of heritage Belgian leather goods brand Delvaux.

[via Fashionologie]