TRISTAN Webber, Frazer Moss and Jimmy Collins from YMC, and Kenneth MacKenzie from menswear label 6876 joined readers of The Independent at Liberty last Wednesday night for an evening of fashion, style, shopping and heated discussion about how to find the perfect pair of trousers that, as one reader complained, don't make you look like a traffic warden or a child molester.

Stylist Sophia Neophitou took to the stage to guide readers through some of this spring's designer looks - explaining how the designer puts an outfit together on the catwalk and how the consumer should wear it.

While readers got some useful practical advice and the opportunity to shop after closing time, designers also gained an insight into what their potential customers are looking for.

Mr Moss upset some of the audience by claiming his label is for 18 to 35-year-olds. "I design for what I know, and that isn't ageist, there is no class or age divide," he retorted.

Mr Webber welcomed the opportunity to meet customers, saying: "It is important to learn about people's demands - it helps to tailor the aesthetics to actual people." Mr MacKenzie added: "At the end of the day, it is about real people wearing real clothes. It's good that people are finding ways of problem-solving and mixing designer clothes for individual styles."