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Erika Blankenship and Katie Wilmeth | Photo: Courtesy Image | May 13, 2013
As sundress season beckons, DC is getting ready for summer with a series of fashion-focused events. From world-famous fashionistas at Sofitel to Jessica Alba overseeing the runway at Bethesda Row to some fabulous foodie events, check out where the beautiful people are this week.
Famed French photographer Gilles Bensimon has captured some of the most transcendently beautiful women in the world with his camera. And now you can share in the sultriness with Elles by Gilles Bensimon, now on view at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square. The hotel turns into an art exhibition space featuring the photog’s famous works through July 5. sofitel.com
If you have the heart (and appetite) of a lion, don’t miss Zoofari on May 16 at the National Zoo. The annual event offers signature bites from the city’s most celebrated chefs, such as Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Todd Gray of Equinox. Tickets $150-$200. 6:30-9:30pm, nationalzoo.si.edu
Known for creating 413 covers for the legendary TIME magazine, Boris Chaliapin was the go-to portrait artist of the mid-20th century. The National Portrait Gallery presents 26 of his original works from his nearly 30-year career in Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin. May 17-Jan. 5, 2014, npg.si.edu
Front Row Center
Sexiest woman alive-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba stops by Bethesda Row this weekend for the shopping district’s annual fashion show, The Front Row. Featuring summer’s hottest trends and great boutique buys, the event attracts the District’s fashionistas. May 16-18, bethesdarow.com
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier is making wine the star of the show with his restaurant’s new Sommelier’s Table. Led by award-winning sommelier Matthew Carroll, the experience is designed to let the wine take center stage—with food prepared to complement the grapes. Sign up for the May 22 Sommelier’s Table for an evening of Spanish wines, while June 5 has iconic American wines on tap. For reservations, 703.894.3440. braborestaurant.com