Given there are a lot of runways shows that are artistic, this is such a fine line to draw. We've had winners in both categories, so it makes it harder to judge. I personally would rather them decide to have all creative designers or all ready to wear designers per season so they can compare apples to apples - with the occasional challenge that IS the opposite of what they design to try and challenge them to expand their horizons.Heidi represents the artistic side of fashion, where the designers are creating outfits to express themselves and show their point of view. Nina represents the business side of fashion, where clients are looking for fashions that will represent them and their point of view. A designer can be incredibly original and have a unique point of view but if that look doesn't resonate with buyers, if no one understands it and wants to spend money to wear it themselves, it's a failure from a business point of view.
Which is what I'm getting from most of the designers.It's great that this show keeps the designers mindful of both halves of the equation. They can't get so stuck on their own ideas that they create unsellable fashions or they'll have to find another way to make money while doing fashion on the side. If they want to make fashion their profession, they should listen to what Nina tells them and use that information to make themselves more marketable.