She was known as the ‘party Rottweiler’ for the Primrose Hill set in the 1990s because she refused to admit people she deemed not important enough to join the hedonistic gatherings she organised for Kate Moss and Sadie Frost.
But it would appear the tables have turned for PR supremo Fran Cutler: I hear she’s been banned from one of London’s most exclusive private clubs.
Cutler, 58, is said to have been made persona non grata at Notting Hill club and restaurant Laylow after allegedly making an ‘outrageously offensive’ comment about a fellow patron.
She was known as the ‘party Rottweiler’ for the Primrose Hill set in the 1990s because she refused to admit people she deemed not important enough to join the hedonistic gatherings she organised for Kate Moss and Sadie Frost
‘I can’t imagine there’s a way back for her at the club,’ a source tells me.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Cutler has caused discord among her fashionable circle. She fell out with Moss, 48, in 2018, after accidentally sending an unflattering message about the supermodel’s appearance to Moss herself.
The Laylow ban would be a wounding blow as it’s one of the capital’s trendiest venues.
It was launched in 2017 by 61-year-old fashion designer Bella Freud’s then toyboy, Taz Fustok, 38, before he went on to date Soho porn and property heiress India Rose James. He and Freud started going out after he’d asked her to design the staff uniforms for Laylow.
But it would appear the tables have turned for PR supremo Fran Cutler: I hear she’s been banned from one of London’s most exclusive private clubs
Previously a pub, four-storey Laylow was soon playing host to the likes of Sir Mick Jagger, David Beckham, pop superstar Rihanna and socialite Poppy Delevingne.
Although the restaurant is open to all, the club is notoriously difficult to join. Examples of questions on the application form include ‘Describe yourself in three words’ and ‘What would be your ultimate party guest list of people dead or alive?’.
Applicants also need to provide a photo to see if they make the cut.
Laylow does not deny that Cutler is banned but declines to say anything ‘at the moment’. Cutler didn’t respond to my request for a comment.
Penelope Wilton, who plays Lady Merton in Downton Abbey, complains that her friend and fellow Dame, Maggie Smith, snaffles the most cutting ripostes in Julian Fellowes’s popular period drama.
‘Maggie gets all the best lines,’ Wilton, 75, says of Smith, 87, who plays her acid-tongued sparring partner, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
‘With Maggie, you need to be on your game to hit the ball back at her. I said to Julian: ‘Can I at least win one of the arguments?’ and he said: ‘No.’ ‘
Count Nikolai Tolstoy is rightly proud of his illustrious kinsmen, who include the War And Peace author Leo Tolstoy, but he’s ashamed of his cousin Pyotr, a Russian politician.
‘I read with dismay of my thoroughly eccentric cousin’s diatribe against Britain and support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,’ says the father of socialite Alexandra Tolstoy.
‘I would be surprised were any other member of the family to share his views, and know of many who emphatically do not.’
Beat this for a Chelsea tractor!
It’s not just Tory MPs who find farm machinery sexy.
Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead hopped on a Porsche tractor during her hen do in Ibiza.
Perhaps it was a cheeky allusion to Neil Parish, who last week quit as an MP after he was caught looking at porn on his phone in the Commons. He claimed he was searching for tractors online.
Posting the photo, she said: ‘The most incredible weekend with my hens ever.’ Binky, 31, married businessman Max Darnton, 32, in an intimate civil ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall last July but is planning a star-studded service in Greece.
Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead hopped on a Porsche tractor during her hen do in Ibiza
The ‘Tinder Swindler’ gets cold shoulder
‘Tinder Swindler’ Simon Leviev is not as adept at raking in cash from legitimate sources. I hear he’s been forced to slash his rates on a popular messaging site after poor sales.
Brazen Leviev, 31, who is alleged to have stolen millions of pounds from women he met on dating sites, has signed up to do personalised messages on the platform and was charging £148 a pop.
But he’s received only 156 reviews and has reduced his fees to £80 to drum up new business.
After years of partying, Leviev was convicted in Israel of theft, fraud and forgery in 2019 and served five months in jail.
Don’t tick-box female actors, warns Minnie
Minnie Driver is sick of political correctness in Hollywood. ‘Don’t just hire a woman as a film-maker so it will tick that box,’ says the Good Will Hunting star, 52.
Speaking at a How To Academy event, where she was promoting her memoir Managing Expectations, the actress says: ‘There’s an awful lot of ‘shoe-horning’ and it doesn’t solve the problem. Instead, we should be sharing knowledge and mentoring, so the women who are given jobs happen to be the best candidates anyway.’
Jousting lord rocks right up to the end
He was custodian of Knebworth — which he called ‘a Tudor manor house with Victorian icing sugar on it’ — and of a pair of Sir Mick Jagger’s underpants, discarded in 1976 following a full-blooded Rolling Stones performance at one of the rock concerts held on the estate.
So yesterday’s funeral of Lord Cobbold, who was jousting in full chain mail well into his 70s and died on Monday aged 84, was always going to be a fusion of the ancient and the uninhibited.
‘His coffin was driven through Knebworth village,’ a Hertfordshire local tells me. David Lytton-Cobbold was accompanied by blasts of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon — his favourite album, the cover design of which was painted on his cardboard coffin.
The Old Etonian and his wife took over Knebworth in the 1970s when it had dry rot and a leaking roof. The rock concerts ensured its salvation.
So yesterday’s funeral of Lord Cobbold, who was jousting in full chain mail well into his 70s and died on Monday aged 84, was always going to be a fusion of the ancient and the uninhibited