What's fair is fair
i think designers, make that many designers, are artists. that being the case, their lines are their art, their vision, etc. at the same time, they are also consumers who need (or choose) to wear clothing. for some, the runway seems an extension of their own style. for others, it is entirely separate. i must confess, i feel a bit miffed when a designer puts out a collection that is this, that or the other, and steps out to take their bow in jeans and a t-shirt. it might be a bit too harsh to use the word "hypocrite", but if that were a room, the designers would be at least standing in a hallway that leads there. and i absolutely respect someone who lives their own vision, both as an endorsement of the clothing and as confirmation that they're putting themselves out there, in something genuine.
do you ever expect designers to wear their own clothing? or at least embrace the aesthetic they produce?
putting aside the motivation to make money and give the customer what she/he wants, if you designed, would you wear your own stuff? would you design for yourself, or for a fantasy?