HYERES, France — Art seems to be triumphing over commerce in the minds of Europe’s budding young designers, and it’s worrying industry experts who convened for the 18th annual International Festival of Fashion Arts here last month.

"I wonder how ready this group is to design real clothes," said designer Ennio Capasa of Costume National, a member of the jury charged with selecting a winner from among 10 contestants. "They have very artistic ideas, but how those translate to clothes is sometimes hard to understand."

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