Stores Are Mobbed, But Business Is Slow; Nigel Barker Has a Baby

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• New York retailers report that, despite high foot traffic and deep discounts, business is still slow. [WWD]

• French Vogue is supposedly dedicating the entire February 2009 issue to model Lara Stone. [Hintmag]

• Noted fashion photographer and champion of baby seals Nigel Barker and his wife, model Cristen Chin Barker, had a baby girl on Sunday, whom they named Jasmine. Remember, if you're sending a gift, the baby seal-fur slippers are probably a bad choice. [Us Weekly]

• Former Moloko singer and fierce fashionista Roisin Murphy will grace the runway for the first time at Alexandre Vauthier's debut couture show in London. [British Vogue]

Coco Rocha's holiday plans: "I'm going to Australia for two months where no one can find me. And I'm going to spend money on myself." That makes one of us! [WWD]