Fifteen hot items trendsetting teens can’t live without this fall.Back-to-school is usually a happy time for apparel retailers, but this year sales are off to a slow start. While stores remain optimistic about the final outcome — claiming, it’s too early to tell whether b-t-s styles will ultimately make the grade — kids heading off to junior high, high school and college seem to have much more on their minds than T-shirts and jeans, as this list — ranked by price — makes abundantly clear.1iPOD for PCs$299Manufacturer: Apple ComputerNow PC users can take advantage of the digital music revolution and transfer songs by A.R.E. Weapons and Super Collider with the new iPOD MP3 player.2Logitech Digital Pocket Camera$129Manufacturer: Logitech InternationalAs thin as a credit card, this digital camera is perfect for recording high school and college memories, or catching teachers’ most embarrassing moments.3Razor Punk 180 Bike$104Manufacturer: Razor USAA lightweight, adjustable stunt bike from the makers of the Razor scooter for the Evil Knieval in all teenage boys.4Nike Presto Backpack$85Manufacturer: NikeA sleek backpack made of waterproof neoprene, the Nike Presto looks like something Elroy Jetson would carry to school. It even has a pocket for audio equipment and a cord portal to thread headphones through.5Puma Mostro Sneakers$80Manufacturer: PumaLook mom, no laces! This slipper-like shoe with Velcro closures should appeal to home boys and girls and suburban wannabees alike.6Todd Oldham for Target Kitchen Set$49.99Manufacturer: Todd Oldham Dorm Room for TargetFashion’s aging whiz kid, Todd Oldham has channeled his style for Target with a starter set of kitchen necessities that comes in four colors for most every campus "type," from Gym Blue for jocks to Geek Blue for engineering majors. Sorry, nothing for potheads.7XAct Communications Walkie Talkie Wrist Watch$40 to $50Manufacturer: XAct CommunicationsOvergrown spy kids can keep in touch with friends on campus — or "surveil" on rivals — without wasting valuable cell phone minutes with this Maxwell Smart-like invention. The watch’s 22 voice-activated channels have a one- to two-mile radius.8JournalTEK It’s My Diary$29.99Manufacturer: JournalTEKThis electronic diary allows users to enhance their memories with photos, video clips and music. Now you can pine over that cute guy in homeroom or vent over how strict mom and dad can be in living color.9Pinkie Swear Cutie Pie Color Wheel Makeup$24Manufacturer: Pinkie SwearMakeup designed to be applied with the fingertips, Pinkie Swear’s Color Wheel is perfect for pre-class primping at your locker before he walks by.10Old Navy rugby shirts$22.50 Manufacturer: Old Navy Clothing Co.The preppy classic is back. Old Navy’s TV commercial is a takeoff on "The Brady Bunch" called "The Rugby Bunch," with the requisite nerdy children and a sexed-up Morgan Fairchild.11Urban Outfitters Skinny Scarf$22Manufacturer: Urban OutfittersThe co-ed look à la Ali MacGraw in "Love Story" is back with jeans and long striped scarves in demand for fall. If you can’t afford Marc by Marc Jacobs’ multi-wool scarf for $168, stay warm with this budget style from Urban Outfitters.12Fred Flare Composition Notebook$8Manufacturer: Fred FlareGwen Stefani, Kelly Osbourne, Drew Barrymore and Parker Posey are all fans of hip stationer Fred Flare, whose flashy composition notebooks have a certain je ne sais quois.13Masterlock Reflective Backpack LockPrice $5.99Manufacturer: MasterlockAn example of the theory that even the most mundane objects can benefit from good design: this resettable lock, which comes in four reflective colors, looks cool and keeps belongings safe as you tool around on campus.14Krylon Chalkboard Paint$4.99/spray can; available in black and greenManufacturer: KrylonHere’s the ticket for resurfacing that beat up old ping pong table in the frat house basement. Get Martha Stewart points by making your own chalkboard for writing notes to roommates.15Health Snacks $4.99 for box of three Manufacturer: Cold FusionA grueling cheerleading practice calls for one of Cold Fusion’s protein pops. You’ll regain your energy in time for your date with the B.M.O.C.SOURCE: YOUTH INTELLIGENCE, A NEW YORK-BASED MARKETING, CONSULTING AND TREND FORECASTING FIRM FOCUSING ON THE YOUTH MARKET, PUBLISHES THE CASSANDRA REPORT, A SYNDICATED YOUTH STUDY, AND TRENDCENTRAL, A DAILY E-MAIL ON MICRO TRENDS

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