Furby Goes Pop!

The must-have toy of 1998, the Furby was a roaring success. Over 40 million were sold in their first three years, a real sensation! The cute, owl/hamster like creature was a robotic toy which started life speaking Furbish and slowly learned English over time (a bit like a human).  He’s been the star of our very own selection of Furby T-Shirts and has now been brought bang up to date by Furby Living who has reimagined the loveable balls of fluff onto the covers of some of our favourite pop albums, some of them recent as well as older classics.  Enjoy, and make sure to visit Furby Living to see even more!

Furby David Bowie
Furby Adele
Furby Bjork
Furby Britney
Furby Rihanna
Furby Gaga
Furby Nicki Minaj

The Scarf Braid As Featured In Company Magazine!

While browsing this weeks mags, we spotted this funky Scarf Braid hairstyle in Company Magazine and had to share it with you lovely lot.

Not only does this stand-out hairstyle look fun and is easy to achieve, if you want to complete your look we also have the David Bowie T-Shirt the model is pictured wearing!

Kooky Hair + Rebel T-Shirt = One Cool Look!

We would love to see your hair style creations and attempts, show off your looks to our Facebook or Twitter pages 🙂

xoxo

Happy Birthday Labyrinth!! Did you know….

Twenty-seven years ago today, a Jim Henson-directed fantasy movie called Labyrinth was released and… well, quickly became a bit of a box office disaster. This strange movie, about a girl (Jennifer Connelly) searching for her baby brother who’s been kidnapped by a goblin king (David Bowie), was maybe a little too weird for mainstream audiences at the time.

But thankfully over the last 27 years whether it was due to the amazing creatures and sets or to Bowie’s extraordinary wig and lunchbox, it’s really gathered a strong following and you only need to see the popularity of our Labyrinth T-Shirts to know this movie has definitely become a cult classic, and for good reason. Labyrinth is one of the last non-animated films of the pre-computer age. Yes, there is probably a few computer effects used in the film, but when you consider that 1986 was also the year that Pixar released Luxo Jr., marking the beginning of a computer animation revolution, Labyrinth’s props-and-puppets approach to imaginative filmmaking feels like something of an to an era in film making.

To celebrate this fantastic mile-stone (yes, it makes me feel old too) I thought I’d give you 10 interesting facts surrounding Labyrinth, so enough gas-bagging as we only have 13 hours to reach Goblin City, after all….

1 – The screenplay went through 25 drafts, mostly to inject songs and more humour to ensure legendary pop star David Bowie would agree to star as antagonist Jareth the Goblin King.

2 – Originally, Jareth was conceived as a puppet-based creation until Henson decided that the movie’s two main characters ought to be played by actors. He considered casting a magician for the part, as well as Sting or Michael Jackson, before pursuing Bowie.

3 – During development, the film’s main character varied vastly from a king all the way through to a fantasy-world princess, until a modern teenager named Sarah was decided on. After British actress Helena Bonham-Carter auditioned for the role, the character’s nationality was chosen as American – probably for US marketing purposes.

4 – Baby Toby was infact conceptual and costume designer, Brian Froud’s son, also called Toby

5 – The movie’s climax takes place in a room in Jareth’s castle that features gravity-defying staircases heavily influenced by dutch artist MC Escher’s print Relativity.

6 – The puppet-operating and voice-acting team that worked with Henson on Labyrinth was drawn from those he’d collaborated with on previous Muppet movies, Fraggle Rock and his educational programme Sesame Street. They included Frank Oz (famed as operator and voice of Star Wars‘ Yoda), and Henson’s own daughter Cheryl and son Brian.

7 – Hoggle, although a dwarf actor by the name of Shari Weiser wore the costume, while four operators control all facial features via radio-controlled animatronics. Henson explains: “five performers trying to get one character out of one puppet was a very tough thing; basically what it takes is a lot of rehearsing and getting to know each other”. Watch the video below for more of an insight….

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8 – Labyrinth was an ambitious project in terms of set design. The Goblin City set featured cinema’s largest ever panoramic back-cloth. The forest Sarah and her companions pass through to reach the castle required 120 truckloads of tree branches, 1,200 turfs of grass, 850 pounds of dried leaves, 133 bags of lichen to list but a few factors. Meanwhile, the Shaft Of Hands sequence was filmed on a 40-feet-high rig and involved nearly a hundred performers’ hands.

9 – David Bowie recorded four songs for the film’s soundtrack: Underground, Magic Dance, As The World Falls Down and Within You (all of which he ‘performs’ in the movie). The first two were released as singles – Underground reached #21 on the UK charts.

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10 – Although Labyrinth was a financial failure at the Box Office, according to his Jim Henson’s son Brian, before his death in 1990 “he was able to see all that [growing popularity of Labyrinth] and know that it was appreciated”. David Bowie has also commented: “every Christmas a new flock of children comes up to me and says, ‘Oh! you’re the one who’s in Labyrinth!“, while Jennifer Connelly has said: “I still get recognized for Labyrinth by little girls in the weirdest places. I can’t believe they still recognize me from that movie. It’s on TV all the time and I guess I pretty much look the same”.

So there you have it, 10 facts you hopefully didn’t know another fantastic retro movie. Thankfully we have some great retro tshirts to show your appreciation too!!

Men's Blue You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Men’s Blue You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt
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Ladies Grey Marl Ludo And Sarah Friend Labyrinth Slouch Scoop Neck T-Shirt
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Guest Post: Rock Chick vs Geek Chic

Just before Christmas, me and fellow blogger Emily Jayne were discussing our favourite TruffleShuffle 80’s t-shirts, as you do. It was interesting to see how although we had similar tastes our personal style is so different. So whereas I was more ‘rock chick’, Emily was more ‘geek chic’.

That’s the beauty of TruffleShuffle, there is something for everyone. Whether you grew up listening to your favourite punk rock band or watching Neighbours, there is a t-shirt to bring back those good memories!

We thought we’d embrace our individual styles by joining forces for a ‘Rock Chick vs Geek Chic’ photo-shoot, picking a TruffleShuffle tee to take you from day to night. Choosing a t-shirt from TruffleShuffle is always hard because there is SO much choice but in the end I chose a David Bowie t-shirt and Emily a She-Ra Tee. Very fitting for our themes!

For my day look I wore my Bowie tee with some leather look trousers, cowboy boot heels, a camouflaged army jacket and my wolf Spirithood (it kept my head nice and warm)!

For my night-time outfit I just tucked my t-shirt into a leopard print jacquard skirt and swapped my cowboy boots for studded heels. I did have to wrap myself up in a black faux fur coat though as it was freezing! And it wouldn’t be a ‘Rock Chick’ look without the obligatory red lipstick.

I’ll let Emily explain her outfit choices to you:

When I was asked to demonstrate a geek chic tee that could be styled from day to night, I was pretty overwhelmed by the choice! TruffleShuffle just has so much nerd-worthy stuff to choose from, this geek girl found herself in a bit of a quandary. Should I go comic book? Sci fi? In the end I thought I’d hark back to my childhood and selected a fabulous She-Ra T-Shirt, because she was a hero of mine, and who doesn’t want the chance to be a princess of power? I also liked the fact that I had loads of colours to choose from – I don’t really wear black as I have a pretty colourful wardrobe, yet so many cool tees are only available in black.

For the day look I teamed my She Ra tee with a cobalt blue jersey pencil skirt, a denim jacket, some cutesy heart print tights, and comfy sheepskin lined boots.

I then decided to play up the red aspects of the tee for the evening look by layering it over a red dress with a fabulously floofy skirt, and added a bit of sparkle with gold glitter tights, belt and shoes. I finished off the look with a bow hairband, as I think if you’re going girly you may as well go whole hog, and a little faux fur jacket.

The shoot was so much fun, it was great to mess about with Sunny in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter!”

Like Emily mentioned, the shoot was so much fun to do but the best bit was styling our Truffleshuffle t-shirts. We would both love to thank the lovely Pete from Pete Sloan Photography in Birmingham who generously agreed to photograph us.

We picked a really cold day (In Decemeber, never!) so we appreciated him hanging around waiting for us to doll ourselves up! Also once again thank you to Truffleshuffle who are always totally awesome and supportive.

How would you have styled the t-shirts? Let us know!

xoxo

Jennifer Connelly’s “Labyrinth” Audition Tape

Calling all you fellow Labyrinth lovers out there!

On one of our many trips through the weird and wonderful world of YouTube, we discovered this little gem and just had to share with you guys. Yep! It’s the young and oh-so stunning Sarah…sorry Jennifer Connelly before it all begin in her first audition for the part in one of our favourite cult films ever!

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What do you think?

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Ladies Pink You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt
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Men's Charcoal Your Eyes Can Be So Cruel Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt
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