Dame Vivienne Westwood was surprised with how pleased she was with her most recent collection.

The British designer - who is credited with launching the UK's punk scene in the 1970s - is immensely proud of her latest designs which she previewed at Paris Fashion Week last month although she admitted doesn't always love her finished work.

She told W magazine: "I was very pleased with this last collection. I'm not always that pleased, but it really took off. Why that happens, I don't know. The clothes have to somehow be the epitome of themselves, and have a character and story to them.

"For some reason, there was something clear about The Fall collection. The elements were reduced - they had a form; it was very powerful."

The 69-year-old fashion legend shows no signs of slowing down and was recently voted the greatest British designer of all time, ahead of Alexander McQueen, in a new poll by Greenalls Gin.

Vivienne received 24 per cent of the total vote, with Alexander - who died last year - gaining 10 per cent. Paul Smith, Jasper Conran and Stella Mccartney completed the top five with six, five and four per cent respectively.