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So you think you can style?

The Docklands community is invited to an evening of fun and fashion as local identities reveal their style.

How would Chamber of Commerce president Keith Rankin look in a designer suit?  And how would he dress vice-president Elena Tsapatolis?  And how chic can Docklands Community Association president Roger Gardner look?

Find out on Thursday, May 27 as the Designers' House, Docklands News and Groove Train, in association with other local businesses, host the fashion event of the season – So You Think You Can Style?

Designers' House retail business manager Kim Willshire said the store had held various fashion parades previously that had catered to a larger, fashion-oriented, audience. But this time they wanted to do something with the community and be a bit more laid back.

“We were looking to do something with local businesses for locals to foster community spirit and bring everyone together for a really great night,” Ms Willshire said.

Combining several features of a number of popular reality TV shows, Designers' House came up with So You Think You Can Style?

“Being a fashion house a ‘reality styling event’ is something that we are well set up to do and we believe it will be lots of fun,”
Ms Willshire said.
Emceed by comedian and TV writer Jo Gil, the event will feature local couples who will compete for the title of Docklands Fashionistas.

Representing the Docklands Chamber of Commerce are Keith Rankin and Elena Tsapatolis.  Roger Gardner and vice-president Paige Jay will represent the Docklands Community Association and from the Rotary Club of Docklands are president-elect Ann Ellis and project services director Adrian Stanners.   Glamorous mother and daughter team Kate and Emily Whitehead are also competing.

Channel Seven is providing a celebrity couple and a community couple is being sought for the final pair. Friends, neighbours, roommates or family who wish to compete need to ring Kim at the Designers' House before the event on 9670 8118.

The competing couples will be sent off during the evening to style each other in Designers' House fashion labels, before appearing in front of the audience and a panel of judges made up of local identities.

Making up the judging panel are Clayton Cross (Globalize), Jay (Esprit Hair), Alyce Platt (remember Sale of the Century?)  and local real estate agent Cheryle Street.

Every guest will receive a goodie bag full of great offers and discounts from local businesses (including discount vouchers from Rivers restaurants), and all Docklanders are encouraged to attend. The event starts at 6.30pm at Designers' House, level one, Harbour Town Shopping Centre.

“We are hoping that the event will be so successful that it will become a regular event on the Docklands calendar. Not necessarily in the same format or at the same venue but run in a similar vein,” Ms Willshire said.

“We are hoping that everyone will have a fantastic time, new friendships will be formed and people will be awaken to everything that Docklands has to offer,” she said.

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