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A closer look proved me wrong though; it was leading up to 14 February and gift shops had started to display their annual, veritable feast of garishness of pink and red hearts, teddy bears clutching hearts in their paws, heart-shaped chairs and anything that professed profound love.
The TOWIE stars will, no doubt, want to bring some glitz, glamour and garishness to the couple's big day - though Katie and Marvin are hoping for a tasteful, understated affair.
He added: "The best term to describe the crown is as a piece of kitsch, usefully defined as 'something considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality'.
Print scholarship is an extreme case because the field emerged as a neoclassical discipline, and the perceived garishness of colour was anathema to neoclassical tastes.
Any fashion-conscious girl knows that trying to top all of the silly and strange outfits often leads only to tacky garishness.
It is an atmosphere of garishness, crude ribaldry, blaring music, the cacophonous sounds of the bye-lanes of Chandni Chowk resided by pimps and prostitutes.
The audience could easily differentiate the real and imaginary worlds, though, as Don Quixote's ghastly white asylum garments -- symbolizing his wretched reality -- contrasted sharply with the garishness of his fantasy world, where ballerinas in red and yellow tutus and men in tights flounce about with Quixote's imaginary self.
At times the film cuts to shots of Marie's face and her reaction to their look, but, for the most part, the scene is shown from a point-of-view shot that positions the audience within Marie's identity as it emphasizes the garishness of the crowd's dress, the oddness of their powdered make-up, and (through a shockingly quiet and natural soundtrack) the jarring silence that accompanies their off-putting gaze.
American greed is now taking its place alongside Afghan greed in Kabul, the large mansions being built in the US mirroring the garishness of those of their Afghan counterparts.
Not everyone wants to subject their children to noise, garishness and junk food.
This 'Eightsome' is pure artifice, its garishness exposed by the unadorned truth of the funeral scene that follows.
The subject is the circus, known far and wide not only to children but to men and women in every corner of the world whose hearts, as the advertisements say, have not abandoned the wonder of childhood, known far and wide for garishness, noise, and perpetual action, and yet in this painting the tone is soft, the artist had stayed his hand from throwing onto the canvas any jarring slashes or bursts of cobalt blue or scarlet or chrome yellow.