Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine appears June 14 on NBC s  Today  show in New York. Levine previewed his menswear line for Kmart for a small group of
Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine appears June 14 on NBC s Today show in New York. Levine previewed his menswear line for Kmart for a small group of fashion insiders on Tuesday. It will land in stores on Oct. 1. AP FILE

Adam Levine is fashion's next pop star

Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You've got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff as trendsetting style. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor on NBC's "The Voice," is.

Levine previewed his first foray into design -- a menswear line for Kmart -- for a small group of fashion insiders on Tuesday. "It's great to see all the tiny things we worked on, all the little details, up close and finished," he said.

"Honestly, I think fashion has a lot to do with when you wake up that day; a reflection of where you are, who you are and what you're going to do," said Levine. "I'm not making a pretentious fashion statement, but you have to put something on, and I'm not wearing a fig leaf."

Levine joins a crowded field of pop stars that spin their style into a fashion brand: Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez are doing it for Kmart, too, and there's Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gwen Stefani and Madonna, who shares her label with her daughter Lourdes. Victoria Beckham, formerly famous as a Spice Girl, is now recognized as a top-tier designer at New York Fashion Week.

Human-rights group dings Kanye for Kazakhstan trip

The Human Rights Foundation has criticized Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, joining a chorus of detractors who say he legitimized the human-rights violations of the nation's president.

The rapper performed at the wedding of Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson last Saturday. The human-rights group compared the appearance to a similar visit earlier this summer by Jennifer Lopez to Turkmenistan, which has its own history of human-rights violations.

HRF President Thor Halvorssen says in a statement that Kazakhstan is a "human rights wasteland" where entertainers like West would be imprisoned for expressing their views.

West's publicist did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Broadway charity auction offers Tom Hanks T-shirt

A T-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks in "Lucky Guy" and Elphaba's broom prop used by Idina Menzel in "Wicked" are among the top items that will be auctioned off Sept. 22 at the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction.

Bidders will be able to snap up signed memorabilia from more than a dozen Broadway shows, meet-and-greet opportunities with stars and even win walk-on roles at "Chicago," "Cinderella," "Kinky Boots," "The Lion King," "Mamma Mia!," "Once," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Rock of Ages." Other prizes include lunch with Angela Lansbury and Judith Light.

All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Free and open to the public, the outdoor event takes place all day along West 44th Street and in Shubert Alley.

Steven Tyler sings at tiny Nashville club

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show.

Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird Cafe watching four Nashville songwriters perform in the round, including Mallary Hope, Phil Barton, Lindsey Lee and Marti Frederiksen. The small, 90-seat venue is where many country singers first got their break and where many established artists often stop by to play a few songs or listen.

Frederiksen invited Tyler to sing "Jaded," which Frederiksen co-wrote. Tyler then jumped on Lee's piano to belt out the band's power ballad "Dream On."

After the show, Tyler told The Associated Press that he had never performed in a room that small and that he was in Nashville to write songs.