What Color is Ombre?
In the wake of the Starbucks red cup brouhaha, I encountered the phrase “red ombre.”
Disclaimer: I can’t help what my eyes light upon as I research these articles.
“Usually adorned with snowflakes and reindeer, this year the cups were given a makeover in a more sleek all red ombre look,” explained Bristol Palin.
This year’s holiday cup design is simplistic: an ombre from bright red to dark cranberry.—CNBC
I’d heard of “burnt umber”: the brown earth pigment burnt/burned to make it redder.
“Red ombre” was a new one on me, so I went straight to my dictionaries.
The relevant entry in the OED is ombré (also spelled ombre). As a noun, ombre is “a fabric woven, dyed, or printed in colour tones graduating from light to dark, usually giving a striped effect.”
Merriam-Webster defines the noun ombre as “an ombré design” or “a fabric with an ombré design.” It defines the adjective as a type of shading “used especially of fabrics with a dyed or woven design in which the color is graduated from light to dark and often into stripes of varying shades of one or more colors.
If, as stated in the CNBC account, the cups are not a solid red, but a gradation of “bright red to dark cranberry,” then—even though the color is printed on paper and not on fabric—I can see that the cups may be said to be “red ombre.”
The only red Starbucks cups I’ve seen to date in my part of the country have been solid red. Solid red is not shaded, so I can’t see how “a more sleek all red ombre look” is a possibility.
Happy Holidays, All!
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