Pardon Them While They Slip Into Something More Edible

Chef Eric Johnson with, from left, Jackie Songaila, Sonia Daniels and Shalaun Newton at the Sweet Charity event.
Chef Eric Johnson with, from left, Jackie Songaila, Sonia Daniels and Shalaun Newton at the Sweet Charity event. (Adam Clark - For The Washington Post)
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The only thing better than chocolate? Hot women covered in chocolate.

Monday night's Sweet Charity fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental hotel featured tons of free samples, beer and wine bars, and a runway fashion show with models wearing chocolate. Amid the edible hats, jewelry and purses on the runway, two Wizards players' wives (plus the spouse of the team's director of player personnel) stole the show, reports our colleague Dan Steinberg.

The trio -- Jackie Songaila, Sonia Daniels and Shalaun Newton-- emerged half-dressed in thigh-skimming slip dresses covered in chocolate by chef Eric Johnson of Krishon Chocolates. Looking like they just emerged from a sweet, dark bath, the "chocolate pixies" deservedly caused a sensation.

"Chocolaty," said Wizards guard Antonio Daniels. "I wish she would wear that home."

"Which car are you driving?" asked forward Darius Songaila.

"No, that she would wear that at home, not that she would wear that home with me," Daniels clarified. "She can get in a cab and follow."

More than 700 sweet-toothed patrons attended the event, which was chaired by Coach Eddie Jordan's wife, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, and raised $150,000 for children's literacy. Also on the runway: Mercedes Lindsay, former Miss DC USA and girlfriend of Redskins QB Jason Campbell, former Miss D.C. Kate Michael and "America's Next Top Model" winner Saleisha Stowers.

Backstage the models cooled their heels in 50-degree rooms, but the chocolate couture melted under the ballroom lights. Good thing they showered before heading home: "She ain't getting in my car that way," vowed Songaila.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

· Arianna Huffington bravely striding into Comet Ping Pong in Northwest -- a pizza place, mind you -- in an immaculate white pantsuit Monday evening. Fellow diners stared in awe and horror as the left-leaning Internet punditry empress lifted each oily piece of pie to her lips, but she somehow remained spotless for her reading/signing at nearby Politics and Prose. (Does Tom Wolfe give lessons on this kind of thing?) Huffington also touted her new "Right Is Wrong" book at a party in her honor Sunday at the palatial home of Beth Dozoretz, which, as it happens, was Huffington's home back in her incarnation as a Washington GOP hostess.


· Separated: Former Bolivian ambassador Jaime Aparicio and his wife, Pamela. The popular diplomatic couple, who served at the embassy from 2003 to 2006, recently called it quits after 11 years of marriage; they have one son. This launches the Mozambique-born model -- worked in Paris for Ralph Lauren, named one of the "most beautiful" women in Washington -- back on D.C.'s most eligible list.

He's Still a Bachelor, but That's Just a 'Friend,' Thanks

Our spies excitedly reported last week seeing Lt. Andy Baldwin at a fundraiser for the Luke's Wings veterans charity with a "girlfriend" named Heather. Well, just to be clear, she's a girl, and she's a friend, but she's not a -- you know. "I went with a group of friends that night," the erstwhile star of "The Bachelor" told us. The surgeon filled us in on his new job here in D.C., as an all-purpose advocate for Navy medicine, talking up the service's good work on the Hill, on TV and on college campuses across the nation. "We need young men and women who are talented and interested in service. That's the way I was raised and one of the reasons I became a doctor. It's important for the future of country that we help out in our communities." Baldwin (who was briefly engaged to Tessa Horst after they met via the reality series) also clarified for us the tabloid reports of his fling with Marla Maples: "We were friends, it got romantic for a little while, but we're just friends." Okay, we've all been there before.

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