Kanye West: 'Fashion Breaks My Heart'

11/03/2010 at 09:40 AM ET

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While Kanye West‘s chart-topping hits are a constant on almost every dance floor, it was the rapper’s style rather than his songs, that were recognized on Monday night. While accepting the Stylemaker Award at the Accessories Council’s 14th annual ACE awards in New York, the Chicago-native found himself the fashion amateur in a room full of industry brass. “I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton,” he said of his 2009 collection in his acceptance speech, reports nymag.com. “But the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.'” And it wasn’t just the shoe’s completion that made the stylish star ache, according to the magazine. “Fashion breaks my heart…I just appreciate the people in this room that are open-minded enough to remember when they were a five-year-old. To remember when they could color outside the lines,” he told the audience, which is why his collection for Louis Vuitton was like someone pulling a rug from underneath his very expensive shoes. “When it was ready it was like the dream of putting together the fabric and having the energy that I knew of being a street kid, of being a boy out of Chicago and enjoying every day and the way I can connect with this. It’s like, you can’t play the video game anymore.” –Jessie Goldberg

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