In the Franclub ; It Was the Wildest Night of the Year: Kate, Cara and Stella Were Just Some of the Pals Who Celebrated Her 50th Birthday. So Who Is Fran Cutler, Asks Joshi Herrmann

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SHE used to be known as the "party rottweiler" -- the ballsy brunette who organised the Primrose Hill set's social lives and stood outside London's hippest gatherings with a clipboard, making sure the big names turned up. If late-Nineties London wanted to party with Kate Moss, it was to her superclose aide-de-camp Fran Cutler that they looked to for their evening plans -- table-top dancing with Mick Jagger at Annabel's one week and getting down at Noel Gallagher's Supernova Heights townhouse the next. Everyone wanted to be on Cutler's guest lists.

So it was no surprise then that the old gang all turned up to celebrate the professional party organiser's 50th at The Box on Tuesday night. Meg Mathews, Jo Wood, Sadie Frost, Stella McCartney and Moss herself donned their best Eighties rags for the hippest London party of the year. Primal Scream frontman and old friend Bobby Gillespie treated guests to a short set and actor Rhys Ifans had everyone laughing when he presented a slideshow of Cutler's colourful life in pictures.

Less expected was the presence of another group -- a generation apart from the Primrose Hill gang. When Moss jumped on stage to sing for the birthday girl, she was joined by model Cara Delevingne and singer Rita Ora -- the inseparable prime movers of today's coolest twentysomething party set. Also there was their good mate Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof and hip aristocratic model Lady Mary Charteris. With the Cara clan joining her on the dancefloor, can we call Fran Cutler the queen of parties again? Someone who used to bump into Cutler on the circuit says she was "amazed" when she heard names like Delevingne, Ora and Grimshaw were at the grande dame's party -- "She's a real survivor." On stage, Ora sang while balancing on Cutler's knee. Earlier in the night the 50-year-old north Londoner had posed for a picture with her arms around the Glastonbury headliner and Delevingne like a protective mother. "She's really outspoken, she's quite rude and they think she's really good fun," says one of Tuesday night's guests who is close to Ora, Grimshaw and co.

Another friend of the group, who wasn't at the party, says Moss is the link between Cutler's old gang and her new admirers. The young group idolise Moss, and have taken to her long-time best mate Cutler.

Where Moss goes, Cutler tends to follow, with an eye on the model's unwanted clingers-on -- one acquaintance calls her the Katekeeper. A Daily Mirror journalist called her a "mean old witch" three years ago when she threw him out of her backstage VIP party at Glastonbury as he lurked for Mossy gossip. "I can't have Kate getting upset in any way -- so sling your hook," was her send-off for another ejectee, this time at the Isle of Wight Festival, during the hen weekend she organised for Moss. At this memorable extravaganza to which the guests arrived in three pink Hummer stretch limos and wore meringue-like gypsy-style dresses. …