NYFW Color Story: The 'La La Land' Effect?

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Oscar de la Renta & Monse runway looks during NYFW

Sunny yellow dresses hit the runway.

It may be the most political New York Fashion Week ever (feminist tees, Women's March organizers, pink Planned Parenthood buttons and white bandanas), but that hasn't clouded the sunny optimism of the season's hottest hue — yellow. 

Could it be fashion is experiencing its own La La Land effect?

All week, designers have been sending models down the runway in knockout yellow dresses, reminiscent of the hand-painted style worn by Emma Stone on the film musical's poster, a look that has also inspired some of Hollywood's top red-carpet stylists this awards season.

At Monday night’s combined Oscar de la Renta/Monse show, creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia showed happy Technicolor fashions, including two asymmetrical draped canary silk and velvet Monse looks. Joseph Altuzarra's marigold velvet dress conveyed a hopeful spirit, as did Prabal Gurung's lemony looks — the standout a long-sleeve dress with a gathered keyhole neck — the dessert, perhaps, that came out before his tear-jerker feminist march finale. 

At Calvin Klein's melancholy show, a ray of sunshine came in the form of a plastic covered yellow-gold fur coat, while Cedric Charlier’s fall 2017 lineup was the most sanguine of all, featuring yellow pops throughout. 

Wednesday’s Delpozo collection featured a bevy of colorful stripes, but it was the off-the-shoulder canary and violet tulle confection that lit up social media.

Designers should make their voices heard, but it doesn't hurt to brighten the landscape with a momentary escape, either. For more yellow on the runway, scroll through the gallery below.