WATCH: Karl Lagerfeld Calls Mermaids ‘Cheap And Commonplace’

Karl Lagerfeld has took a moment before his spring runway show for Chanel to explain why he decorated his runway like a giant aquarium. Turns out the Kaiser doesn’t find anything quite so modern as things found in the ocean, which are “the oldest shapes in the world.”

RELATED: PHOTOS: Karl Lagerfeld Takes Us Under The Sea With Chanel

And really that’s what the collection was all about — modern simplicity. Lagerfeld said he went into his imagination (a place we’d love to visit if it existed in the physical world) and dove around until he found the ocean. “The best thing to do is dive with your imagination,” he said. “You can never drown yourself.”

Well thank god for that! Lagerfeld said he wanted to make this collection as simple as possible so women could actually wear it. “In daily life, complicated shapes may look ridiculous. But you don’t live with them.” So what do you live with? Really beautiful fabrics rendered out of highly unusual (and potentially flammable? materials:

All the materials are completely modern materials. There’s hardly any classic material. Most of them are made out of cotton — very little cotton, fiberglass, nylon, polyester — not at all treated like cheap polyester for mens suits in the past.

Hey — if there’s one thing you can absolutely say about Chanel, it’s that it ain’t cheap. Take a look at the video below:

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