Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine , and celebrity stylist Mary Alice Stephenson appeared on "The Early Show" to talk about whose fashion hit all the right notes -- and some whose didn't.
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Stephenson said Britney Spears' dress was a far cry from her great look last year. This year, she said Spears didn't look like a star. She was in a black bodysuit getup with fishnet stockings.
"It looks like lingerie," "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez remarked.
Rubenstein added, "I'll give her the benefit of the doubt in that I think she knew it wasn't her night."
Another bad trend at the Grammys was ice skater outfits gone wrong. Stephenson pointed to looks by Kesha and Colbie Caillat.
"Ice Capades all the way," Stephenson said. "...It just looked cheap."
Lady Gaga's Giorgio Armani futuristic looks, Rubenstein said, set the tone for the entire evening.
"It's all about production value. Everything is sculptural and architectural," he said. "Every single person's outfit has been inspired by the year of Lady Gaga. There were years everyone was looking for something. Look at the Black-Eyed Peas, look at Jennifer Hudson, everyone's been influenced by the over-the-top--ness of Lady Gaga. It's about the return to theater."
The shapes are extremely exaggerated, Stephenson said, featuring, for example, big shoulder pads and deep V's.
She added, "We've all seen a million pretty dresses by now go down the red carpet -- at the Grammys, we love the unpredictable. These are the most important performers of our world. We want them to be outrageous."
Extreme body suits were another trend that dominated the night, Rubenstein said.
Rodriguez said, referring looks sported by Pink and Fergie, "They're not wearing anything."
Rubenstein responded, "When your body's that good, God bless."
Stephenson added, "I think with these girls, it's who can get away with wearing less."
Taylor Swift, Stephenson said, looked great on the red carpet in a navy blue Kaufman Franco gown.
Rubenstein said he liked the sculptured neckline of the dress, adding that for her age, the simplicity really worked for her.
"She's America's sweetheart and she looks like one here," Stephenson said.
Also Jennifer Lopez's Versace chain mail dress, Stephenson said was "a little outrageous." The half-mini, half-gown, she said was "what it should be" for the Grammys red carpet.