Click/jot/shift. Let Alexia Petsinis pack your (Melbourne) calendar with        arty/party/frocky nights, days and the odd app.

Tech-savvy shoppers click here. David Jones has launched its A/W 2014 Magazine app. Browse and shop on the run or on the couch. With Click & Collect, orders placed before 4pm can be picked up in store the next morning. Easy. The app also includes behind-the-scenes content from the stores’ autumn/winter runway launch and campaign shoot with set designer Rhea Thierstein, a veteren of  many Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar projects. There are key trend edits, fashion collaboration news, style advice and of course, that all too handy ‘Tap to Shop’ feature. Download for ipad on itunes at the Apple Store and for Android at Google Play. (Main picture, top, David Jones’ ambassador and soon to be star of Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, Samantha Harris.)

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What is Art? What is Life? Who really knows? But, esteemed philosophers and authors Alain de Botton and John Armstrong will take a crack at answering. They have collaborated with the National Gallery of Victoria to launch a specially-curated Art as Therapy programme in conjunction with The School of Life Melbourne, from March 26. Free self-guided tours of the NGV collection featuring specially written labels by de Botton and Armstrong express a variety of complex philosophical ideas;  big questions to kick the mind into gear  and encourage deeper engagement with the physical practice of viewing art and its place in society. The programme will be launched with a Secular Sermon delivered by de Botton (click here to book) and will run until late September, including guided tours by The School of Life Melbourne faculty. Click here for even more info. So, fancy some food for thought, Voxfrockers?

August Friedrich Albrecht SCHENCK, Danish 1828–1901, worked in France c.1857-1901 Anguish (Angoisse) c.1878 oil on canvas 151.0 x 251.2 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1880

August Friedrich Albrecht SCHENCK, Danish 1828–1901, worked in France c.1857-1901 Anguish (Angoisse) c.1878 oil on canvas 151.0 x 251.2 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1880

Ever wondered what the State Library of Victoria would look like if it were morphed into a biomedical visualisation of a human virus? We have! A spectacle in the White Night Melbourne 2014 programme on Saturday, February 22, Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus one billion times will see the domed roof of the State Library’s La Trobe reading room transformed into spectacle of colour, light and music in an installation by one of the world’s leading animators Drew Berry. Berry’s piece fuses science and art in an exploration of the unseen world within our bodies. The unique presentation pictorialises a selection of high impact human viruses including HIV and smallpox, which hover above the dome for 60 seconds before dissolving into the arrival of another virus. Set against an original musical score by multi-award winning Australian composer Franc Tétaz, we are thinking this one is set to make science look all the more intriguing! Click here for more info on Molecular Kaleidoscope and a host of other fantastic events on the White Night schedule, then click below for a reminder of last year’s…

There’s a little secret when it comes to snagging the best seats in the house at a fashion launch….they aren’t always in the front row. Myer has made sure you don’t miss a minute of its blockbuster Autumn/Winter Fashion Launch by streaming the show live at from 7:30pm, next Thursday, February 20. Ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith and Kate Peck will walk the looks from sass & bide, Maticevski, Manning Cartell, Aurelio Costarella, et. al. and the stream will include behind-the scenes footage. Post your thoughts with the #MyerAW14 and #MyerFashionLaunch hashtags. Click here and here to sort your front row “seat”, wherever you’ll be.

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Blog lovin’ folk eat your heart out…literally. This banquet is for you. Featured as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Programme, Take 2 Markets will present Blogger’s Banquet for bloggers and readers at the Northcote Town Hall, March 5. It’s a chance to mingle with like-minded folk in a highly interactive forum of advice, style tips, promotion and feedback. Bloggers can also run their own fashion stall and ‘sell their style’ in accessories, jewellery, shoes, things that don’t fit anymore…  Click here or here for info and tickets.

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Brace yourself for Fashion Connect 2014. Now in its sixth year, this cocktail soiree of dance, burlesque and runway take over Spice Market’s exotic, dim-lit chambers, lavish decor and private lounges on March 26 as part of VAMFF. Its aim – easily achieved – is to thrill and inspire with new generations of fashion designers, photographers, stylists and bloggers. The showcase will also include Craig Braybrook, Et Al, Oscar Calvo and the extraordinary Hawkeye Vintage. Performances by  Burlesque Bombshell and Miss Skopalova are on the show bill, and personal bar attendants, luxury gift bags and complimentary cocktails scheduled down on the floor. Proceeds go directly to the AIDS Trust of Australia. Click here and here for info and tickets, and below for an inkling of what’s to come…

Alexia Petsinis, with Janice Breen Burns,