Given his unpredictable nature there's always a curious sense of anticipation surrounding each new Raf Simons collection, the latest of which he debuted in Paris yesterday. Next season will mark Simons' 20th collection, and in preparation the Belgian designer has looked into his extensive archives, shifting attention away from the graphic screenprints and paint-splattered fabrics seen in last year's much-talked-about hookup with artist Sterling Ruby. That said, this Fall/Winter collection still retains Raf's boyish irreverence and fixation with youth culture, and was summed up simply as "Youth on a pedestal" by the designer himself.
One key piece from the show that perhaps best illustrates his mindset is a white overcoat covered in graffiti-like doodles and sketches, much like those scrawled on the pages of a school exercise book. This was matched by an assortment of floor-length coats in various shapes and sizes, several of which were worn by female models – a first for Raf, yet fully in keeping with his androgynous look. Elsewhere, additional features included deconstructed detailing, ragged hems and eroded silhouettes right across the board.
Overall, a much more traditional offering from the Belgian than we saw last year. If you're struggling to figure out what you might wear with any of that, look no further than the full Raf Simons x adidas Fall/Winter 2015 sneaker collection.