A New York Hotel Inspires a Scarf Design for Rodarte


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

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Collaborations between prolific fashion designers and luxury hotels aren’t a novel concept, but the latest such partnership, debuting in time for New York Fashion Week, has a more personal touch.

The designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sibling founders of the Los Angeles-based high-fashion clothing and accessories label Rodarte, have teamed with the Mandarin Oriental, New York — a property they stay in several times a year — on a collection of limited-edition scarves.

The inaugural design was introduced Friday while the second one will be introduced during Fashion Week next February.

It is the first time the Mulleavys have designed an item for a hotel, but Laura Mulleavy said that creating the scarf came naturally. “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,” she said.

The 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.

Though the Mulleavys said they are not sure what their next design will look like, Laura Mulleavy said that conceptualizing it won’t be a challenge because of their connection to the hotel. “Designing can be hard, and that’s why a personal element is important in conveying a sense of place in a way that’s not forced,” she said.

The scarf is available for purchase for $350 at the Mandarin’s spa boutique starting Saturday and is also part of the hotel’s New York Fashion Week package, which includes two tickets to Rodarte’s Spring Summer 2016 runway show on Sept. 15, a high tea with a cocktail in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge and two scarves. The cost is $850.



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