Almost exactly one year ago today, we introduced you to Lady Gaga’s cobbler of choice, Noritaka Tatehana. Although the Japanese designer was a local avant-garde hero pre-Gaga, he became a global fashion phenom after the pop star first stepped out in his 9-inch, heel-less footwear. Now, on the, er, heels of his success, Tatehana is back to introduce a new range of gravity-defying platforms that have more to offer than a lesson in balance.
Our friends at Hint report that the designer’s complete 2011 collection is now showing at the famed Trading Museum Comme des Garçons in Shibuya, Tokyo. The exhibition also showcases Tatehana’s archived pieces.
All new footwear is made to order, although we’re not sure who could really pull this stuff off besides Gaga or Daphne Guinness.
Meet Noritaka Tatehana, Lady Gaga’s current cobbler of choice. The Japanese accessories designer has been crafting sky-scraping, heel-less monstrosities for the songstress, who, it turns out, is still mastering the art of walking in 9-inch platforms. Not only did Gaga model Tatehana’s handiwork for her Steven Klein-shot music video for Alejandro, she sports a magenta pair (along with a bra made of rifles) on the most recent cover of Rolling Stone magazine. A scant 25-years-old, Tokyo-based Tatehana recently spoke with MTV’s newly minted style blog about what inspires him, and how he got to Gaga.
“The unique and creative shape comes from ‘Kan Pokkuri,’ which used to be clogs made of empty cans. In the old days, Japanese children used to make these clogs, passing a cord through holes made in the cans,” Tatehana says (so, even Gaga, in her own way, is by default a fan of the clog phenomenon). As for how he got his shoes on Gaga’s very famous feet? He simply emailed her stylist, Nicola Formichetti. Tatehana says he won’t be resting on his laurels anytime soon. “I must continue to work on my creation in order to live up to her expectations. My final goal is to be able to show my collections at the Paris Fashion Week as an overall designer,” he says. In the meantime, he’s opening an online shop come July, so fans everywhere can nab their very own sky-high Tatehana originals.
Photo via MTV