Timeekah Murphy is a student at FIDM and a fashion designer who, together with her business partner Brittany Duet, has designed for celebrities including Beyoncé, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj. They co-design both of their brands—Alani Taylor and Deviant La Vie. Timeekah served twelve years in the U.S. Army before attending FIDM, and will graduate next year with her degree in Merchandise Product Development. Timeekah will be debuting her fourth collection at The Zenith Experience, hosted by Nick Cannon, in Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, October 6.
Describe your design aesthetic: My business partner Brittany Duet and I both have individual brands that we co-design for each other. Alani Taylor is my personal brand, and my aesthetic is high fashion mixed with streetwear. I consider it bridge fashion. I like to take streetwear and turn it up a notch and merge it with different culture type designs. When it comes to Brittany’s Deviant La Vie fashion, inspiration sits at the crossroads of art and fetish. When we combine the two together, I believe we've created a new wave of fashion and art.
Who do you design for? We’ve designed for Beyoncé, Cardi B, Tyra Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Black China, Summer Walker, Nicki Minaj, and many other big names.
In what ways are you inspired by streetwear? I love the comfortability of street clothing. I wanted to take that and add it to high fashion clothing so that you can wear it on red carpets, to fashion shows, dinners, etc., and still turn heads all while being comfortable.