Nicole Kidman is in talks with Chanel to become the new face of the luxury brand, her publicist confirmed Monday. “There are discussions, but there is no deal, no contract and no further details,” said Kidman’s spokeswoman. Chanel executives declined to comment.

It’s been a winning year for the milky-skinned Australian actress. First she scored an Oscar for her performance playing Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” and then was honored with the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Meanwhile, Kidman has agreed to become the first chair of The Women’s Health Fund at UCLA and is helping Saks Fifth Avenue with its new Key to the Cure, a fund-raising program to benefit women cancer programs.

New films from Kidman include “Dogville” and “Cold Mountain” with Jude Law.

HIGH MARKS: L’Oréal Germany passed the magical billion euro mark in 2002, with German sales of 1.024 billion euros or $1.2 billion. This was a rise of 4.5 percent, whereas the German beauty market as a whole saw sales decline 0.7percent, the company pointed out.

In Germany, L’Oréal products are sold via hair salons, mass distribution in drugstores and supermarkets, selective distribution in perfumeries and department stores, pharmacies and catalogs. After the U.S. and France, Germany is L’Oréal’s largest market.

According to the company, it is the market leader in self-tanning products with the L’Oréal brand and for hair care with El Vital. For the sixth year in a row, it said Jade-Maybelline N.Y. could further extend its top slot. Lancôme generated double-digit growth in facial care and made significant gains in makeup. Garnier is number three in hair color for consumers, and with the brands Vichy and La Roche-Posay, the L’Oréal Group dominates the skin care field in pharmacies. The company’s factory in Karlsruhe is the largest productioncenter in Europe (excluding France) and a new logistic and customer service center was opened in 2002 in Kaarst.

MAC ATTACK: MAC Cosmetics is heading uptown — to Harlem, to be precise. The trendy cosmetics brand will open a 2,000-square-foot store in the neighborhood on July 24. “As part of MAC’s global retail expansion plans, we are thrilled to open a freestanding store in Harlem across from the famed Apollo Theater,” said John Demsey, president of MAC Cosmetics. “Harlem is a vital part of the cultural and artistic tapestry of our nation and MAC is delighted to be a part of it.”Designed by MAC’s vice president of store design, Régis Péan, the ultra-modern unit features two wall strips that run along the sides of the wall and “peel” off, which allow for the concealment of private makeup rooms. The ceiling offers a back-lit lightstrip that mimics an upside-down glowing white runway, leading visitors through the store towards a color-changing lightwall.

In conjunction with the store opening, the MAC AIDS Fund is making a donation of $50,000 to be divided between local AIDS organizations, including North General Hospital HIV/AIDS Center and Bailey House. Founded in 1994, the MAC AIDS Fund supports men, women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Since its inception, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised over $30 million from the sale of Viva Glam lipsticks and Kids Helping Kids greeting cards.

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