New York tree branches inspiration for Rodarte scarf design

Kate Mulleavy, left, and Laura Mulleavy with the scarf designed for the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Credit J. Ann.

The designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the founders of the Los Angeles-based high-fashion label Rodarte, collaborated with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on a collection of limited edition scarves. They presented the scarf at the beginning of the New York Fashion Week.

The design is inspired by the trees in Central Park in wintertime.

“We took inspiration from the property and especially from the views you get of Central Park during the winter from the windows, which is our favorite time of year in the city because it’s everything you imagine New York to be.”

Rodarte scarfThe intricate black-and white pattern on the scarf is meant to be reminiscent of the bare branches on the hundreds of trees in the park during the cold weather months, a characteristic also reflected at the hotel’s restaurant Asiate with its Murano glass ceiling installation called Central Park Trees. The scarf’s border is deep purple, the main color theme at the restaurant as well as some of the hotel’s suites.

The scarf is available for purchase for $350 at the Mandarin’s spa boutique.


The American luxury label Rodarte was founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, modern femininity, and California influences. For their intricately crafted,multi-layered garments and explorations into other art forms, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have won numerous awards and accolades, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, United States Artists Grant, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion, the National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts and the Legend of Fashion Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rodarte’s works are featured in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Mandarine Oriental Hotel 

Manderin Oriental Hotel New YorkMandarin Oriental Hotel New York is a luxury, 5-Star hotel overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

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