Sameer Reddy

Stories by Sameer Reddy

  • An Accessible New Eatery From Alain Ducasse

    In his latest venture, the Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alain Ducasse decants his elitist impulses into a more accessible wine-focused eatery in the historic St. Regis Hotel. ...
  • The Refurbished Plaza Hotel is Posher Than Ever

    After a massive $400 million renovation, the hotel of storybook legend is open once again, with the magical portrait of the hotel's most famous guest, Eloise, still on proud display. ...
  • The Softer Side of Men's Fashion

    Menswear is typically about sober suits, structured tailoring and starched shirts. But this season and next, designers are showing a softer side.Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto, a line distinguished by its high-tech sportswear, features a lush fall coat with a red velvet floral pattern ($2,250; y-3.com), the perfect piece for an urban explorer on a romantic journey. Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver, the designers who mastermind Lanvin's men's line, are showing belted cashmere cardigan coats ($2,330; lanvin.com) that exude sensual elegance. Their spring collection features a provocative nude cotton blouson ($680) and slim pant ($1,288). At YSL, Stefano Pilati builds a spring collection around traditional staples like bomber jackets and trench coats, refashioned in feminine fabrics such as silk gazar and ultrasoft cotton. His unstructured, gold-sequined cardigan (price upon request; ysl.com) would make an unexpected evening option. Tomas Maier's spring collections for Bottega Veneta are the...
  • Robert DeNiro Adds Hospitality to His Resume

    First came the Tribeca Grill, then the Tribeca Film Festival. Now Robert De Niro lays claim to more of his home turf with this chicly discreet pet hospitality project. ...
  • Hot Spot: Figueira Rubaiyat, São Paulo

    This Jardins outpost of the Rubaiyat family's restaurants—famous for serving meat and poultry from their farm and ranch —is probably the most picturesque eatery in all of São Paulo. ...
  • The Limits Of Limited Editions

    Until recently, the term "limited edition" called to mind the kind of merchandise you'd find advertised in the back pages of The New Yorker: signed Ansel Adams poster prints, commemorative sets of gold coins, letterpress books (unglamorous, niche products with a dedicated, if slightly dorky, customer base). Then something strange began to happen. First, luxury-goods conglomerates and then mass retailers discovered that a little limited edition can go a long way, and it started to pop up in cooler pockets of the retail landscape. Now, creating limited-edition collections has become a widespread marketing strategy to capture consumer attention and reinvigorate brand identity while boosting the bottom line. All of a sudden, there seems to be no limit to the number of limited editions floating around, from €9 MAC lipsticks to Vertu's €200,000 ruby- and diamond-studded cell phone.The practice of releasing limited runs took off in the late '90s, when the luxury obsession was cresting and...
  • Hot Spot: Bowery Hotel, New York

    The Bowery is famous for its flophouses and kitchen-equipment suppliers, but this elegant hotel brings new sophistication to what was once skid row. ...
  • Sightseeing: Soar Tours

    Thanks to a host of luxurious helicopter tours, even those without a private jet can enjoy priceless bird's-eye views of natural wonders and man-made monuments alike. Visitors to Dubai who are lucky enough to snag a suite at the "seven-star" Burj Al Arab hotel can book a high-performance Augusta 109 Executive helicopter for a tour of the city, encompassing such sights as the Burj, the world's tallest tower, and the Madinat Jumeirah, the resort re-creation of an ancient Arabian citadel ($3,500; burj-al-arab.com). In Cambodia, the luxurious Amansara Hotel can create customized helicopter itineraries for those seeking a unique perspective on the temples of Angkor Wat (about $3,000; amanresorts.com).Nature lovers who head Down Under can sign on with Aviation Tourism's Blue Mountains Heli-Magic for a flight over Australia's famous mountains, blanketed in a blue vapor produced by lush eucalyptus trees (about $760; avta.com /au). Explore Arizona Tours flies along the vast rim of the Grand...
  • Hot Spot: The Palazzo, Las Vegas

    The Palazzo has a lot to boast about. Together with its sister property, the Venetian, it is now the world's largest resort by room count—7,100, to be exact. It's also Las Vegas's tallest hotel tower, and it was recently named the world's largest "green" building, proving that sometimes bigger is better. ...
  • An Oil Oasis

    Saudi Arabia challenges our ideas about the Gulf world.
  • Unfamiliar Expression

    A Dubai gallery owner discusses the Gulf's fledgling art industry.
  • A Sophisticated State

    Forgoing flash for substance, Qatar is channeling its oil wealth primarily into culture and education.
  • Beyond The Glitz

    Forget shopping. An edgy alternative culture is springing up in Dubai.
  • 4 Hours In Berlin

    Once divided, this German city has rebuilt itself into one of Europe's most affordable, artistically vibrant cultural capitals. ...