MADONNA’S SUPPORTING ACT: Britain’s Labour party has a new fan. Sources in London say that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have written to Prime Minister Tony Blair confirming their support and to point out they are his friends. Although it couldn’t have come at a better time for the party, it certainly won’t impress the mother-in-law. Shireen Ritchie is head of the Kensington & Chelsea Tories.
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B&B: Luxury tsar Bernard Arnault and Bob Wilson, the American stage director, are extremely buddy-buddy these days. The LVMH chairman presided over a ceremony this week in Paris honoring Wilson with France’s prestigious Order of Arts and Letters. Also in attendance were Isabelle Huppert, artist Pierre Soulages and the former empress of Iran, Farah Diba. Just last month, Wilson was with Arnault to unveil his holiday window displays for Louis Vuitton. Wilson also designed a handbag line for Vuitton.
TOD’S ‘R’ US: Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant play characters who are clearly Tod’s fanatics in their new movie, “Two Weeks Notice,” that premieres in New York tonight. Bullock, who plays a brilliant lawyer, carries an assortment of Tod’s bags, including a tan “computer bag” and “Carre shopper,” while Grant, her charming but self-absorbed boss, has a closet filled with about 40 pairs of Tod’s men’s shoes, loafers and driving shoes.
CHANGE AT CLINIQUE: Thia Breen has reportedly resigned as senior vice president and general manager of Clinique North America at Estée Lauder Cos. Breen had joined Clinique in 1977 as an account executive in Los Angeles and subsequently had worked on other Lauder brands, Aramis and Origins. She returned to Clinique in 1996 and was named to her present post in July 2001. Lauder had no comment on the report.