WINONA’S LATEST GIG: Winona Ryder was a big fan of Marc Jacobs at her trial and now she might be taking the relationship to the next stage: Ryder is slated to star in the Marc Jacobs spring ad campaign, to be shot by Juergen Teller in Los Angeles.

“We would like to use her,” confirmed Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs. Although he wouldn’t divulge details about when the shoot might take place, he said he was hopeful it would become a reality.

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“She’s been a very good customer of ours forever, and she’s been involved with the charity events we’ve done. I’ve had the most positive experiences with her.”

Ryder attended Jacobs’ fashion show in September 2000 and was approached a few seasons back about appearing in the designer’s men’s fragrance ad, but had a movie conflict.

Duffy said he wasn’t looking to hire Ryder to stir up trouble. “Of course it’ll be controversial, but it won’t be in a negative way. She’s been wearing Marc Jacobs for years,” he said.

Rumors were circulating that Ryder was expected to be photographed in a courtroom or a store, but Duffy denied that. “It’s an ad for Marc Jacobs, not The Enquirer,” he said.

Ryder was practically a postergirl for Marc Jacobs during her recent trial, wearing demure Marc Jacobs coats and dresses. Earlier this month, a jury found Ryder guilty of shoplifting nearly $5,500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue’s Beverly Hills store and she was convicted of felony grand theft and vandalism. She was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to perform 480 hours of community service and fined $3,700. She was also ordered to undergo drug and psychological counseling.

Question to the judge: Can an ad campaign count as community service?

— L.L.

FROM ONE BRIT TO ANOTHER: It didn’t take long for Harvey Weinstein to jump to the other side of the media fence. Where once the Miramax honcho’s favorite editor was Tina Brown, Weinstein now is linking up with that other high-profile British expat for all those movie premieres. Tonight, Anna Wintour and Weinstein will host a party in New York for the premiere of “Chicago.” “Anna and Harvey have been friends for years,” said a Vogue spokesman.

— Jacob Bernstein

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