I checked out Noritaka Tatehana’s SHOWcabinet exhibition launch during London Fashion Week. I am a big fan of SHOWstudio and of Nick Knight futuristic fashion films.

SHOWstudio Shop is a seriously chic and revolutionary gallery boutique at the heart of London’s Belgravia, Motcomb Street. It happens to be next to my favourite restaurant Amaya too! On our recommended visit list: Expect to find exclusive collections of curated fashion, jewellery and art pieces at SHOWstudio.

Noritaka Tatehana

With Noritaka Tatehana

If you haven’t heard of Noritaka Tatehana – where have you been? He has been praised as one of the most important shoe designers of our time especially with his more recent creations! He delves into Japan’s vast cultural heritage to produce shoes that re-think the very notion of the ‘high-heel’. You have seen his creations worn by Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness along with other celebrities. The eye catching footwear is unlike any other, the soaring heel-less shoes shift the wearer’s balance forward onto the toes instead of the heel. A style of fashion that was first seen in ancient Japanese society. We love the modern twist with the adorned elements that are on the shoes!

Noritaka Tatehana

These Noritaka Tatehana shoes are real jewels in themselves- these ruby slippers are a modern take on The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy heels! The beauty is also in the making of these designer creations. Each and every step of the manufacturing process is carried out by the designer himself. It’s no surprise that the fashion world love his quirky and fun designs, the art world have also been paying attention to his showstopping shoes too.

Noritaka Tatehana

During the launch party, Liza met Daphne Guinness and spoke about the fashion icon’s fabulous personal style! I have long been big fan’s Daphne, so it was fabulous to find out more. When it comes to jewellery, it’s the more antique jewels that the designer loves to wear.


On the night, Daphne Guinness wore one earring with a huge diamond which we loved. It turns out that like us, she adores all things vintage, rings with emerald and diamonds and fab antique diamond brooches! Discover fabulous antique diamond brooches GEMOLOGUE  picked for Harper’s here. Daphne chooses to accessorize herself with the more statement pieces instead of subtle ones, we love the diamond inspiration in her own designs. In her own words she told us: “Jewellery makes me happy and brightens up my face”.

Noritaka Tatehana

Noritaka’s creations are a big hit all over the world. There was a lot of love shown from Japanese TV during Noritaka Tatehana’s SHOWcabinet exhibition launch. Liza looks fab in a pair of amazing heel-less Noritaka Tatehana.


To coincide with Noritaka Tatehana’s SHOWcabinet exhibition, the shoe designer will take up residence in SHOWstudio to create a pair of his famous heel-less shoes during a live broadcast. The completed pair will be worn by Daphne Guinness in a shoot with Nick Knight- something we will be watching!

Would you wear these Noritaka Tatehana heel-less shoes? Leave me a comment below! Thank you!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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