How Mearns Makes Her Magic

Plenty of ballet experts — including my old pal Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic of the New York Times — think the world of Sara Mearns, a principal of New York City Ballet. The ballerina’s activities are spilling over from doing Balanchine to doing advertising. This summer, she starred in campaigns for Luna Bar and HP and has designed a pair of—what else—ballet slippers for Cole Haan, which will be available in October. As the NYCB’s fall season kicks off, notably with a splashy Cartier-sponsored gala on September 30th, W magazine chatted with the 29-year-old about “Swan Lake,” Oscar de la Renta costumes and what it means to be modern day ballerina.

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