1990S, NEW YORK
Why? While you can pick up 1990s fashion almost anywhere, New York is a haven for it. It was where architect IM Pei was championing the minimalism of loft apartments. It was also home to the likes of Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, whose pared-down minimalism in silk, linen, cotton and velvet really epitomised the decade that was a backlash against the over-the-top 1980s. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was the real 1990s icon – her crisp white shirt and plain, perfectly-cut black slacks sum up that unfussy look where neutrals, black, black and more black were the only colours to be seen in.
What? As well as Calvin Klein and Donna Karan pieces, also look for Herve Leger and Azzedine Alaïa who began the backlash, creating strong and dramatic looks that evolved into the very minimalist look that summed up the decade.
Try Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show (manhattanvintage.com) holds regular sales and shows and lists vintage outlets