SOME day I'm going to start a magazine and call it FMI (I know that sounds dangerously like a radio station or another magazine, but this one will have so much more). Former Miss Irelands will be the subject matter and thus it will have everything -- fame, fortune, frivolity -- I could go on with all the "F"s, but I have a diary to write. For your information, or even FYI, The 1995 crown went to a lesser-known, but totally worthy incumbent. Joanne Black is her name and she is living up to the FMI standard of glamour in her upcoming wedding. Joanne is getting married to Philip Brown next Saturday in Ravello on the Amalfi coast in Italy. And 120 guests will attend the big day at the famous Villa Cimbrone.
The lucky man is a London-based businessman who, she tells me, "is of Irish descent, brought up in Glasgow. I met Philip in New York while I was studying at Lee Strasberg in NYC." It is perhaps for sentimental reasons that Joanne's dress was designed by Angel Sanchez in New York, while her wedding headpiece came from the sewing machine of none other than our own Philip Treacy in London. The last time I met Ms Black, then a model-turned-actress, it was with another Tracey -- and coincidentally another former Miss Ireland -- actress, Olivia, in Los Angeles in the late Nineties.
Joanne, I have to say, is looking better than ever. Possibly, her love life has something to do with it. She is living in Hampstead in London with Philip and has started her own business as an image consultant.
On the phone from Italy, where she was making the final arrangements for next weekend's hooley, she couldn't contain her excitement. Among the guests heading to Italy, she said, were: former Miss UK Shauna Gunn, from Fermanagh (Joanne met her at Miss World "and stayed friends"), Dany Wolf (producer of Gus Van Sant's Palme d'Or-winning movie, Elephant), Arianna Botti (Garnier UK & Ireland Marketing Director) and Mona Lisa actress Zoe Nathenson. On Tuesday, the bride- and groom-to be left for a pre-honeymoon week in Capri. They'll have their honeymoon during nine days in Sicily. Now that's what I call an FMI wedding.