LONDON - London Fashion Week opened on a sombre note, as Victoria Beckham and Kanye West joined some of the leading lights of the British industry at a memorial to inspirational tutor Louise Wilson. In honour of Wilson’s passion for riding, a model wearing a black top hat, veil, jacket and trailing skirt by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen stood guard on a horse outside St Paul’s Cathedral as 1,300 guests mourned inside. The catwalk schedule was suspended for the morning to remember the straight-talking 52-year-old, who was director of the fashion course Central Saint Martins (CSM) college for 12 years until her death last May. Wilson’s alumni read like a roll call of London’s most talented designers, from the late McQueen to Stella McCartney, and many joined the family and friends in paying tribute. Former students Christopher Kane, Louise Goldin, Simone Rocha and Roksanda Illincic all spoke at the ceremony, which was also attended by designer Roland Mouret.