Style

The strange, the stylish and the just plain silly

The world we live in is full of creativity — and crazy concepts! From unexpected fashion to technologically advanced beauty, I’ve taken note of today’s most interesting trends.

Whether you’re inspired to hop on board Hollywood’s bunny-ear bandwagon or are simply intrigued to learn women aren’t the only ones buying body-shaping clothing, these ideas are bound to pique your interest and leave you with plenty to talk about!

Hollywood’s haute earsCelebs are hopping around Hollywood in bunny ears! From the lacey Maison Michel headbands that the Olsen twins and performers Lily Allen and Lady Gaga wore to Madonna’s Louis Vuitton rabbit ears, stars are embracing this playful haute hair accessory.  And if bunny ears are too avant-garde for your everyday look, perhaps these designer creations may inspire a fashionable Halloween costume — just pin the tail!

Savvy solutionsThese innovative products had me saying, "I wish I had thought of that!" On the Cuff's sponge bracelets ($7.99; onthecuff.net) stop water from running down your arm when you’re washing your face, doing the dishes or cleaning the car, while Shadow Shields will help you to apply eye makeup like a pro ($9.99; beauty.com).

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Mary-Kate Olsen, right, and Ashley Olsen showed off their Maison Michel lace ears at the Opening Ceremony Japan flagship store party on Aug. 29 in Tokyo.

Chest-A-Peel’s pillow pads aim to prevent creasing and reduce wrinkles while you sleep ($34.99; chestapeel.com). Ja’Maal Buster’s Placement Tool will help you apply false lashes perfectly that will look as flawless as the ones on his famous fans ($10; JamaalBuster.com). And for a perfectly groomed bikini line, Peeka Bu Mirror makes it easy to see what you’re doing down there ($35; peeka-bu.com).

Nail newsIt seems our fingertips are the hottest accessory imaginable these days! Trendsetters such as Rachel Bilson and Alexa Chung have been making beauty buffs everywhere green with envy all summer long when stepping out in Chanel’s Jade nail polish ($25; Chanel counters). The lacquer made its debut during the label’s runway show back in February, and is now finally available in stores. And Chanel’s upcoming charcoal-gray color already has a strong buzz, even though it’s not set to debut until later this fall.

Aside from color trends, OPI is playing with texture. The brand took favorite shades from the past and gave them matte finishes. And the same six shades will be available in suede starting this month as well ($8.50; opi.com). And what’s my personal favorite choice for nails right now? Hello Kitty nail stickers, of course.

Fancy feetEmbellish your simple stilettos or basic boots with Litter’s "shoe jewelry." This new line of adornment popped up just in time to kick off a fabulous fall season of fun footwear trends. Consider it a great way to temporarily transform your plain pumps into edgy eye candy using chains, studs and spikes ($70-$245; littersf.com).

Smart makeup trend

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    Top designers at New York Fashion Week Spring 2010 sent down an array of unique, odd and downright bizarre styles.

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    A model shows off a swirly, futuristic design from ThreeasFour, who collaborated with and were inspired by Yoko Ono for their Iconoclastic collection, in a Spring 2010 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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    A model presents an exotic take on the sombrero during the Argentine Designer Collections Spring 2010 show, part of New York Fashion Week.

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    The Spring 2010 collection of Allude was all about colorful cashmere – for briefs, turbans and tops – in designs reminiscent of retro Cuba vacations.

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    Ralph Lauren surprised the crowd at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 when he sent down a line of urban cowgirls dressed in distressed denim, prairie-inspired dresses and caps. "I am inspired by the character of the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies living authentically through challenging times,” the designer said in his show notes.

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    During the Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, “Gossip Girl” favorite Anna Sui opted to refashion a Victorian circus, taking art direction from the 1967 film "Doctor Dolittle." "I loved the way the men dressed,” Sui told The Associated Press. “It was the 1830s via the '60s, so I went with a little mod, a little menswear."

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    Timo Weiland, known for his quirky-cool neckwear, shows off a casual men's style during the label's Spring-Summer 2010 in New York City.

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    Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch has a well-respected history of kooky, fantastical and avant-garde collections. His latest inspiration, for Spring 2010, has the shape and geometric lines of American football team uniforms.

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    A model showcases the new Wild Side line of zebra style during the Snuggie Fall 2009/Winter 2010 collection show. "You're here at — let's just say it — the future of fashion," said the show's host Ross Mathews, better known as Ross the Intern from Jay Leno's "Tonight" show.

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    Fashion darling Marc Jacobs sent down an array of jungle-colored outfits taken from the 1981-era of Basquiat, The Mudd Club and Bow Wow Wow.

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    Celebrity-favorite Rodarte went to the dark side with their gothic Spring 2010 collection that featured cob-webbed detailing, vampish colors and witch-like tassles.

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    Israeli designer Yigal Azrouel went for peculiar, geometric cutouts in his Spring 2010 collection.

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    The Spanish duo behind Custo Barcelona, known for a love of color, designed flamboyant and sorbet-bright designs for the Spring 2010 collection. There was no shortage of fringe, ruffles and paillettes of every shape and size.

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    Marc Jacobs went back to the '80s during his Spring 2010 fashion show in New York, New York.

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    Erin Fetherston named her Spring 2010 collection "Ladyland," focusing on delicate designs with a hint of her statement style -- whimsical.

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    Thakoon, a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, mixed sporty with high-fashion.

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    A model presents an avant-garde creation from the Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring 2010 collection, which was inspired by American football team uniforms.

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    For the Spring 2010 collection of Thom Browne, the designer told WWD that he was introducing "functional" sportswear to his line. “The importance is in the new shapes. Also, I’ve always been interested in adding elements of sports.”

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    Inspired by rocker Cher, Jill Stuart went for skintight, party-girl '80s styles during her Spring 2010 show held at the New York Public Library.

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    Alexander Wang, current “it” boy of the fashion industry, wanted to “explore the deviant side of American teen culture” with his casual Spring 2010 collection of cropped shirts, menswear-inspired vests and loose sweat shirts. Like many other designers, Wang sent down models with no bottoms, a la Lady Gaga.

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    Zac Posen’s Spring 2010 collection was a trip to the carnival: a colorful bonanza of fun cutouts, playful shapes and candy-colored prints.

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    A model presents a colorful, patterned creation from Custo Barcelona during the Spring 2010 show. Custo’s flirty and exotic designs, in varying shades of fuchsia, turquoise, silver and sea green, made the models look as though they had just come back from Carnivale.

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    An artsy, knee-high creation from designer Alexander Wang is modeled during Fashion Week.

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    A billowy style that looks like a nightgown-on-steroids from the Toni Maticevski Spring 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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    “Project Runway” alum Christian Siriano’s Spring 2010 collection took notes from traveling the glamorous Amalfi coast, with prints that boasted an aerial photograph of the Italian coastline — "flipped, modified, repeated and saturated with Volcanic and Oceanic colors," as Siriano described in his show description.

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    Alexander Wang, like many other designers, went for belly-baring ensembles during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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    The '80s are back, as witnessed by the Erin Wasson x RVCA Spring 2010 collection, which featured leggings, oversized shirts and short denim cutoffs paired with breezy, flowing tops.

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While the beauty industry is struggling, big brands are coming up with innovative ideas and technologically advanced products to keep consumers interested. Revlon’s Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup ($12.99; drugstore.com) and Almay’s Smart Shade Makeup ($13.99; walgreens.com) are taking some of the guesswork out of matching your makeup to your skin tone. Both come in just a few base shades and are designed to blend into your skin and adjust to your natural pigment.

Smashbox’s O-Glow and O-Gloss claim to be “intuitive” products that react with your personal skin chemistry. O-Glow turns your cheeks the color you blush naturally, while O-Gloss transforms into your own custom shade of perfect pink ($22-$26; smashbox.com).

And while it isn’t in stores yet, be on the lookout for Lancome’s Ôscillation Powerfoundation, which launches in October. This mineral foundation vibrates at the press of a button, breaking down the powder into micronized particles that blend seamlessly into the skin ($48; lancome-usa.com).

Style secrets for menLadies have depended on padded bras, Spanx and platform shoes to help flatter their figures for years — and now guys are getting in on the action. Hollywood hunks such as Tom Cruise, Shia LeBeouf and "Entourage" stars Jeremy Piven and Kevin Connolly are wearing LiftKits shoe insoles to get an extra two inches of height ($20-$25; myliftkits.com).

Beyond a boost in height, men are also looking for a little help when it comes to their shape. GearCom provides waist-slimming boxers that help conceal love handles, while Calvin Klein ($15-$22; cku.com) and Go Softwear feature products with extra padding to help round out a flat rear and even fill out a T-shirt ($19-$35; Gosoftwear.com)!

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