Xuming Haute Couture collection

After the sad death of Alexander McQueen and the public self-immolation of John Galliano, some of fashion’s greatest risk takers are no longer on the scene, but 2012 proved that there was still plenty of room for experimentation. Here’s our slideshow featuring some of the most unusual looks from the past 12 months.

creation by Martinez Lierah

A model presents a creation by Martinez Lierah during the 080 Barcelona fashion week on January 27, 2012 in Barcelona.

Iris Van Herpen dress

A creation by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture (Paris)

Fyodor Golan dress

A model presents a creation from the 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection of designer Fyodor Golan at London Fashion Week in London on February 17, 2012.

jewelled head-piece by Lara Jensen

A model wears a jewelled head-piece by Lara Jensen as she walks on the catwalk during the Inbar Spector presentation at London Fashion Week in central London, on February 20, 2012.

creation by Peachoo Krejberg

A model presents a creation by Peachoo Krejberg during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show, on February 29, 2012 in Paris.

creation by  hair designer Winnie Loo

A model present a creation by Malaysian designer Winnie Loo during the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Fashion Grand Prix in downtown Kuala Lumpur on March 20, 2012.

creation by Julia Nikolaeva

A model displays a creation by Russian designer Julia Nikolaeva during Fashion Week in Moscow, on March 24, 2012.

creation by She Guang Hu

A model parades a creation by the Chinese fashion house She Guang Hu Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection during the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on March 27, 2012.

China Fashion Week in Beijing

A model parades the creation by young Chinese designers on the final day of the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on April 1, 2012.

creation by a group of Kyrgyz designers

A model displays a creation by a group of Kyrgyz designers ‘NAH’ during a Fashion Week in Bishkek, on April 4 2012.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2013

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012-2013

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Spring 2013

A model presents an outfit during the “Agatha Ruiz de la Prada” Spring-Summer 2013 collection show at Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week in Madrid on August 31, 2012.

FH por Fause Haten winter collection

A model presents a creation by FH por Fause Haten during the 2013 Winter collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 29, 2012.

Xuming Haute Couture collection

A model parades a creation by Chinese fashion house Xuming Haute Couture collection during the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on November 1, 2012.