Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the woman behind Comme des Garcons, gave a rare interview to Women's Wear Daily about her Spring 2013 collection, design philosophy, and the state of the fashion industry.

Below are some choice excerpts:

WWD: If you could have invented one garment, what would it be, and why?
 “I would have liked to invent the plain white shirt, with a skirt and pants to go with it.”

WWD: You helped popularize design collaborations. Is it still a stimulating and fruitful path for you?
 “I am always thinking that some interesting possibility, some accidental synergy could occur in a collaboration, and people seem to like it. Even though it is difficult, it is easier for me to make my own things, by myself.”

WWD: Fashion today seems to be more about big business and profits than pure creative expression. Do you agree, and if so, how do you feel about it?
 “Yes, it’s true.…And it’s weakening the power of creation. This is the worst of situations.”

[via wwd]