Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Casting, Paris

Last week I held a casting for “real girls” to be featured in an advertising project.

The young ladies that showed up were so cool I thought I’d share some of my reference photos.


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  1. Lucy Spartalis

    March 17, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I can't describe how much I love the socks/tights with leather strappy sandals look. So good to be able to wear my summer platforms in the cooler months!

    Beautiful shots Sart, as always.

  2. greybreaks

    March 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

    love, love, love, want the glasses in the second photo.


    March 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Picy No. 1 you win! combination of fabrics and textures! we like!

  4. The Fall

    March 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

    lovely photos – the sandals in the 1st and 3rd photo are great.

  5. ZikA

    March 17, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Love the sandals…incredible how they give a touch of spring to the whole style..!

  6. Sissi

    March 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

    In love with the 3rd look!

    Sandals with socks were just perfect.

  7. Beverly Bohan

    March 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Though these are nice outfits, can't say that I like any of them.

  8. Miss So

    March 17, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I love her tights in the first pic!

  9. Mahala

    March 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I love how classic pieces like a denim shirt and khakis can be so easily updated with current style elements like the rolled cuff and platform sandals. Some things just never lose their intrinsic value and attractiveness..

  10. Gaia

    March 17, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I love the second girl…Don't you come to Italy to do a casting?

  11. Moda de Colores

    March 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

    beautiful looks, congratulations.
    I like leather bels.

  12. Diane

    March 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Yes, they are interesting, look great and have great style :D

    thanks for sharing!


  13. SabinePsynopsis

    March 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

    What are these beautiful girls casting for, I wonder. In any case I could wear outfit no. 1 all day, every day – it's perfect!

  14. Ruby blue

    March 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Love it!! Very lovely pictures!

  15. Clod

    March 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

    each pic has a different feeling that I love!

  16. Cecylia

    March 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Wow the 1st picture is gorgeous- I adore her outfit!

  17. Chiara Biasi

    March 17, 2010 at 8:24 am

    amazing women <3

  18. The Photodiarist

    March 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    These are fantastic, Scott. Similar but different from your streetstyle photos. I love the outfit in the first , the smile of the girl in the second and the confidence of the girl in the third. Do you use your 5d Mk II and 50mm lens for work that you do for clients or do you rent another camera/lens?

  19. *G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A*

    March 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    The captures make them look like professional models…

  20. Chia

    March 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Well! let me tell you that THAT was a great idea!
    Great shots, as always!!!

  21. Nay.D

    March 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

    so beautiful! i adore the third outfit.

  22. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

    They are adorable, nice photos. I love real girls. They are so….unpremeditated??

  23. Valeria&Laura

    March 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    It seems that burberry's last collection made its' effect…socks + sandals. First pic, great mix of textures!

  24. Alice Olive

    March 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Love the suiting and styling in the first shot.

  25. Izzen

    March 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Oh, they're all so gorgeous! I hate how some people say fashion is bad because it makes people feel like they are physically inferior when they send perfectly-formed models down the runway. These pictures prove that fashion is for everyone and can make anyone look fabulous!

  26. Brummagem Joe

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

    These girls look wonderful particularly the one in the knit shorts.

  27. stylespotterfashionblogger

    March 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love the bottom photo. She is very very beautiful!

  28. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    The first woman's look is the best–she makes the most of her long luscious legs. Great soft tones broken up by the black too. Stefano Pilates has a great sense of style. I have read of him before and appreciate his perspective of fashion.

  29. KohCo

    March 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I absolutely adore the first photo with the matching knit short suit…the simple jewellery and the basic black top. It's simple, classic and yet really unusual and fun (the blazer, shorts and tights look that is) and the way she knotted the belt is just ingenious.

  30. modessentielle

    March 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

    paris so nice

  31. Sophiemei

    March 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

    i love the first outfit!! the super cute short i wanna buy!

  32. nassera

    March 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Très belles et surtout Virginie!!!

  33. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    "Real girls"? Really? These are models, c'mon.

  34. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

    ok, it might looks like I have memorized the entire blog but I randomnly ended up on 24/03/2009 and it's the same girl (the first one)! Great style and curls then and great style and curls now.


  35. MiA

    March 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I really like the outfit on the first photo!!

  36. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Love them all. I'm going to die if I can't get some of these wooden platforms!

  37. Davidikus

    March 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Aren't all girls real, even models? Or are they really made of thin air and glossy paper?

    Many models on the catwalks are rather scary-skinny and dis-gracious nowadays anyhow, so these unusual looks interest me quite a lot. The women you show are really feminine. I really look forward to seeing (some of) them in your ad. Keep us posted.

  38. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:48 am


  39. Suzanne

    March 17, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I adore the shorts from the top picture and glasses from the middle picture.

  40. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

    The first outfit is so interesting. I love the colors, the fact that her shorts are knit, the way the jacket looks like it was made for those shorts, the way the buttons match the belt, the way the knit of the shorts has a kind of ribbing that is echoed in the tights.
    Girl No. 2 has tons of charm.
    No. 3 reminds me too much of the '80s. Or was that the late '70s? Anyway, been there done that.

  41. Juli

    March 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

    REAL women rock! Why doesn't the fashion industry use more "gals off the street" in its print work? Is it really all that hard to work with non-professionals?

  42. The Style Revolution

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I love the style in the first photo!

  43. londonblagger

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    These girls all look great but why the term "real girls"? We all know that it is just a marketing gimmick at this stage and if these are "real girls" what does that make everyone else?

  44. l´habitué

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I love the third look.
    I think it's the coolest.


  45. The Sluice Box

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I'm struck by how their style is intentional yet not overly done. Looks great.

  46. U-NI-TY

    March 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Nice outfits, great styles.

  47. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    The first one is absolutely perfect ! Sunny side

  48. hilaryinspired

    March 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

    wow! what gorgeous ladies. I recognize one of them from photos of yours from the past. I have to say that it's because of people like this (and of course your beautiful work) that I LOVE following your blog. It's so much more exciting to me than many of the campaign spreads or runway shows that I see each season.

  49. T H E F A T T A C K

    March 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

    The girl on the first photo is amazing! She's so stylish! I love her look!



  50. The Sartorialist

    March 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

    for londonblogger
    these are "real girls" in the sense that they are not models

  51. Vinda Sonata

    March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

    they really have great look!
    the one in the second picture kinda resembles blogger louise "pandora". she's so pretty with those glasses!

    fashion atelier.

  52. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    to me…this here is effortless style…and so natural too….I mean it just happens as she/they goes about doing whatever it is that she does!….

    THX SAR!

    Ciao Ciao
    Just an observation.


    March 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    i want the first gal's look from head-to-toe. so lovely.

  54. Marigail

    March 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Self confidence is so alluring.


    March 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I love all three styles!Very natural and simple yet beautiful!


  56. Jocy

    March 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Oh my goodness, I love these pictures. Intentional, but not-overdone. Yes, isn't that Parisienne style? At least, that's how I see it. Wonderful.

  57. RosieBee

    March 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

    These are fantastic photos but i'm just wondering whether you consider these women "real"? They are all skinnier than our average woman and, although beautiful, are not our average girl. Would you ever consider using women of sizes six and up? Using their beautiful curves and getting the idea that women with legitimately AVERAGE weight are normal, telling us all that we dont need to alter our genes to become like these models we see in mass media every single day.

  58. The Sartorialist

    March 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    to RosieBee
    yes these girls are "real" but above average

  59. leddy

    March 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    hate to be a drag, but shorts with tights and tights with sandals is so ugly. sorry.

  60. Laura

    March 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    The first dress is wonderful!!!

  61. Valerie

    March 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    the photos reminder me of Chloe f/w 2010 collection. love

  62. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I'm all for using real woman, but I never get the whole argument for use 'curvacious' (generally overweight) woman (size 12 is the average woman size in the uk, which on an average height woman-5'4- normally puts them in the obese health category), Surely thats like promoting bad health? Thats not to say they cant look beautiful, larger woman most certainly can (and i dont think size 12 is large either!) and i totally agree that super skinny is not cool either, but i'd rather see healthy, fit thin people than either extremes.

  63. Gracie

    March 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    The photos (and the girls) are so fresh. They look like Spring and Summer rolled together. Wonderful photos.

  64. Jack Daniel

    March 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I'm in favor for real ladies as to fake / celeb ones.

  65. athousandhearts

    March 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Girl number one has beautiful hair, and i love her look. The second is also cute, but the third "real girl" just looks like a flat-out model. She has a great outfit on, though.

  66. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Can someone please explain the appeal of the plastic glasses? I think they look terrible on everyone! Didn't we all try to avoid wearing big, dorky glasses in the 80's? There are going to be a lot of "What was I thinking" photos 10 years from now.

    That said, photos are beautiful, as always.

  67. Donna Camacho

    March 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    These photos look so untouched and real =) lovesit! and I especially adore the outfit worn in the first photo.

  68. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    love these outfits they are so caual but still so cool! a great way to get a cool casual look i have found is by whearing a chintiandparker T-shirt! which are great!!!!

  69. Veevre

    March 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I am in love with the style of all three girls. The socks and sandals look, the classic khaki and chambray outfit, everything.

  70. Caddy

    March 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    The first shot is my favorite, her outfit shine and so does her confidence!

  71. Maegan

    March 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    cute …but those "real girls" all kinda look like models. lol.


    March 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm


  73. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Wherever did #1 get those shorts? They are sublime….

  74. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Where do all the woman buy there shoes omg LOVE them….

  75. strawberryswirlcheesecake

    March 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    i just
    the shorts in the first shots
    but anyways
    all the girls a lovely
    for real…

  76. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    the look in the first pic and the smile of the second one are the top!

  77. FrouFrouu

    March 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Isn't the first girl Ondine Azoulay? Adore the way she puts pieces together.


    March 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love the first girl and the last girl is really pretty.

  79. fashionsdirtylaundry

    March 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Again and again, you are great at capturing people's essence!

    The third one looks like a mini carine!

  80. Fashion Monstre

    March 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    beautiful and so stylish

  81. josh

    March 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    all the women are gorgeous

    the bottom look is great, the denim shirt, high waisted khakis with the woven belt (that matches the shoes perfectly. and the dark socks are a nice touch!)


  82. princess glee

    March 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Pic no. 1 is cooler than cool 'cause her effort is just right–not over or under done.

  83. EFM

    March 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Love the looks of all three! However the first one is my fav!! I love the hight waisted shorts with the belt and tights!!

  84. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    March 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What cool girls indeed! Hopefully we'll see some more in the upcomign posts? :)

  85. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Love the girl with the glasses. As a personage who has had to wear glasses since i was three, and had to put up with the widely circulated view that a girl with glasses will never find a man, i am happy that they are being appreciated in this way. Big glasses are fun–why bother trying to hide the fact you are wearing glasses. I don't think she will regret this pair; it shows she looks happy, who could regret that?

  86. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    My dad wants his chinos from the 1980's back…..

    Sorry, but I don't think this is stylish or flattering, esp. on such a cute girl.

  87. Masha

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  88. Emily

    March 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I love the first look, but the shoes in the last one are incredible!


  89. Helen

    March 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I think the first photo and the last are beautiful; the last girl has a very ralph lauren look going on.

  90. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    High-waisted trousers flatter no one.

  91. Ljubica

    March 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    these are beautiful!
    i especially love that first outfit, those shorts are fabulous!

  92. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    A note to some of my fellows,
    These girls are still "real girls" even though they're great looking and stylish. A beautiful girl does not a supermodel make, and by contrast, many of the best models may not be the prettiest girl you've ever seen.

    And to Scott, "real" or "fake" or "model" or whatever, these photographs and looks are so spectacular! I'm amazed that you manage to work your magic with the lighting even indoors.

  93. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I find interesting that you use the term 'real' to refer to these women. I know it's rhetorical but interesting nonetheless. Real dichotomises with fake, but also with ideal.

    I, being part of the 'real' lot, loved this pictures because of their character independence I found the women true to themselves(their style, their clothes, their whole persona). At least that's what I thought when I saw the shots.

  94. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    ebay auction for charity sounds good…but it wouild be cool if anyone, even those without ebay or blogger accounts can have a chance.

    Perhaps the contest would be the first person to identify the pictoral reference from a page of the celine book, though it would have to be a page other than the ones pictured to be fair. To verify each person can submit a comment with a code word or initials or e-mail address. Instead of posting the comment you could keep it and e-mail or something the winner. Though, if you were going to have a one question contest it would be easier to just e-mail you the answer (maybe you create a temporary e-mail address we can send answers to?)

  95. ADJ

    March 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    love the concept. wish there were some more real girls to choose from.

  96. Dot Franny

    March 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Ondine, you look fab! I looove your look (1st pic). Been wearing the leather belt twist a lot myself.

    Great pics as usual!

  97. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Sorry to break it to you but – well dressed, skinny, tall girls on unwalkable heels are not "real". But good luck searching…

    That said the girls are wonderful, of course.

  98. gih

    March 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    That's a lovely pose. The two girls are very attractive.

  99. fashionweed

    March 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    love the denim shirt and the socks with the sandals. great style.

  100. Anonymous

    March 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    This is not good….nor is the second one. Perhaps the worst I have ever seen on this blog. But hey they cant all be amazing!

  101. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

    #2 – cutest overbite ever. Just saying.

  102. Bridget

    March 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Love the knotted belt in the first pic! Super cool idea.

  103. Dustyflint

    March 18, 2010 at 3:36 am

    All lovely but pic number one is amazing. Such natural style!

  104. Miss B

    March 18, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Ooh, the first girl is completely adorable with her shorts/tights/shoes! And the second has the cutest smile

    Miss B

  105. Caroline

    March 18, 2010 at 4:55 am

    I am loving all three of these girls! They are all incredibly cool, I especially love the look of the first outfit, are they woolen shorts? x

  106. Quirkygirl

    March 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Love the first and last pic!!!!

  107. U-NI-TY

    March 18, 2010 at 6:10 am

    These women are really pretty, and have a good style

  108. Prutha

    March 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

    love loev love the first girls outfit!!! sooo cute!!!

  109. Nancy

    March 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Wicked cool. What's the campaign? (Or is that confidential?)

  110. Olivia

    March 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I didn't know about! would have loved to send my sister there *^_^*

  111. Riccioli D'Oro

    March 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    lovelovelove the socks with the sandals! It's the prefect way to wear them in the spring weather.

  112. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Scott, I'm glad you put "real girls" in quotes since all of these ladies are thinner and prettier that real girls- not sure where you're finding these "average" girls- also, the last photo, girl in khakis, looks like it was pulled from adverts for The Gap-yikes!!!

  113. Mary

    March 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I love the last girl's look- rolling up pleated khakis? Chambray shirts? Platform sandals? So fresh, so special. "Sart", you are a dream.

  114. GUGA

    March 19, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Whats wrong with the girls these days? those ultra long hair are not in or hot…. the first girl is amazingly well dressed..but that hair is like a tsunami in paradise…. waves taking away the beauty…..have a haircut..and have some fun… i would make it really short and make the color ultra blonde….assymetrically done… that would be perfect for her long face… once again.. maria bethania is starting a witch trend… dont go out tonight!

  115. gallery802

    March 19, 2010 at 2:33 am

    All of the girls are rocking.very good body posture..

  116. Kitchen Sinks

    March 19, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Yeah…..thanks for sharing.very nice pics..and I found the all of the women true to themselves.

  117. SF

    March 19, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Loving the first pic. Wish I could touch the fabric of her blazer…

  118. ivy lee

    March 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

    They're divine!

  119. Anonymous

    March 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    please…Who knows the way to find this glassessss????

  120. Kathleen

    March 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

    All three photographs are candid and lovely. I especially love the outfit the young lady in the first photo is wearing, fabulous!

  121. Claybel

    March 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    The second girl with the glasses is stunning and what a smile! Beautiful!

  122. Anonymous

    March 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    love it! can you please please put some more up?

  123. petit_smudge

    March 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    is the second one ludivine poiblanc?

  124. Lenka James

    March 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Those models look really fresh and cool.I love the first girl's style

  125. Dehwar4

    March 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

    They are looks so nice and cool. I love it.

  126. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Anyone who knows Wher those wooden wedge from in the first picture are from?

  127. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 5:18 am

    anyone who know where those wooden wedge in the first picture are from? Love them

  128. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

    love the top girl's outfit, wish it had a little more color, perhaps some blue in it somewhere… but otherwise, those shorts and that blazer i love them!

  129. Charlotte

    March 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Eeerrmm, real girls? They still look model-like pretty and skinny too me.

  130. Happenstance

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Oh, I love the girl with the glasses. And I like her teeth! How fun, wish you were doing a real girl casting here in So. Cal!

  131. ssshhheeeyyy

    March 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

    love the 3rd.
    love it.

  132. Camille

    March 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Love the tights with shorts look

    A la mode

  133. demetriusmauzy13

    May 14, 2010 at 5:53 am

    High-waisted trousers flatter no one.
    die casting

  134. Anonymous

    August 31, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Can these "real girls" be larger than a size 2?

    I would LOVE to see "real girls" with shape and volume.

  135. best ed solution

    December 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wow, a class I like. Very stylish! :)

  136. Coupons

    January 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Love the sandals…incredible how they give a touch of spring to the whole style..!

  137. EFT for Cancer (Natalie)

    June 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Seeing these fashion photos brings a sense of sadness over me. I feel like I missed a life I could have led. There's just a certain joy to wearing such fun and beautiful clothes on such beautiful bodies.

  138. Manu

    March 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    The girl with curly hair….simply lovely….i hope you’ve signed her!!

  139. Matt

    June 24, 2015 at 5:48 am

    The hair style look simply stunning.

  140. wannabe

    September 24, 2016 at 5:22 am

    does anyone know where to get the girl’s jacket on the first picture from?? it’s so cool and chic at the same time and it seems to be timeless since i saw it before over the last years!!
    and @ sart: i know you are sick of this discussion but if these are ‘real’ girls than i am a sad, petite surreal comic figure :-D

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    February 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

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