The Happy Prince

I had made these swallow necklaces last summer and a lovely customer called Dúrle asked me if they had been inspired by the Happy Prince short story by Oscar Wilde. As I love Oscar Wilde but had never heard of this story I rushed home at the end of the day to find out more about it. And it was a beautiful story! And very fitting indeed, a swallow flying over the city with precious stones in its beek. Although it is a very sad story too, I must warn you! The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.

So even though I can't pretend the original necklace was inspired by it, after reading the story I decided to turn it into a full collection with swallow brooches and hairpins and call it The Happy Prince collection. I hope you'll be keeping your little swallow warm...

swallow bird brooch antiqued brass

swallow bird necklace antiqued brass by aliquoswallow bird brooch antiqued brass by aliquo


Autumn/Winter Photoshoot

I can finally reveal the images from the photoshoot we did in early August for the new collection. I've been very impatient to share them with you but had to keep them secret until the tradeshow... Here's a selection of my favourites! You can see the rest on my facebook page and I'll also be posting about each collection with more images very soon.

Grand Hotel Collection

 Shells collection

 Beautiful 1920s vintage clutch loaned by Horse and June, thank you!

 And that's my great grandmother's hat by the way... I think I'll start wearing it too!

 Secret Garden collection

The Happy Prince collection

 In the Woods collection

Gloria collection

photography by Yvonne Ryan
hair & make-up by Emma Farrell
Styling by Lisa Lu
Models Laura Hitchings (brunette) and Chloe Keogan (blonde)


Eclat de Mode

So I was in Paris for the Eclat de Mode tradeshow last week, presenting the autumn/winter collection and spreading the aliquo goodness! This was my fourth time exhibiting there and each time we change the colour scheme of the display to match the colours of the collection. So this time it was khaki. Well 'pois cassé' if you read the label on the pot of paint. It's surprisingly difficult to match paint samples to bead samples!