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Project Runway Season 7: Meet Jesus Estrada

Mexi-Twink alert!


Jesus Estrada
Age: 21
Hometown: Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico


When did you realize you had designer potential?
When I started dressing Barbies.
Favorite designer(s)?
Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana.
What is a fashion must?
A murse (men's purse).
What is your design training?
Fashion Careers College, and a special thanks to Somsi Couture.
What's influenced your designs over the years?
Everything grandiose. Dolce and Gabbana. Things that are dark and edgy, slightly punk.
What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
Organza, dupioni, silk, leather, reptile prints.
Do you prefer patterns or solids?
Patterns.
What are your favorite colors?
Black, gray, midnight blue. Dark colors.
Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
Jay, Austin and Gordana. She should've made it to Bryant Park.
Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
The Barbie challenge and the flower challenge.

Oh, kittens. That last answer makes a lot more sense once you scroll down and look at his portfolio.



How fucking cute is that little latin hobbit?

Uncle Nick is jealous that there's someone with a smaller waist than him. And as much as we love Saint Tim, we don't agree with his somewhat limiting "taxi cab" criterion when it comes to fashion.









Well, if they ever open Disney World Mexico, he's sure to have a career. He's clearly got impressive technical skills, but if he can't get away from that Quinceanera Barbie aesthetic, Nina and Michael are going to rake him over the coals.

More on Jesus Estrada at myLifetime.com.


[Photos: myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Q&A: myLifetime.com]



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87 comments:

FIRST!
His Mom is HOT!


at least the avant garde challenge won't be boring sheesh


I can't help but think that he's too inexperienced for this. He can obviously sew, but I have to agree with Tim that he's not thinking about the real world.

And that second gown with the red netting makes it look like the model has been stabbed in the abdomen.


that third dress looks like a mushroom cap.

I can't see the videos (I'm in the UK...stupid region restrictions), but he looks like the Latin version of Kaynebow, yeah? xD


He's got a twin brother if you watch his closet tour. he's hilarious. I bet Tom is excited.


That first dress in the portfolio- does that model actually HAVE any internal organs and, if so, where do you think she keeps them?


"Jesus Estrada"--said the whitey way--would make a good name for an early-80s punk band. Or perhaps an oath. "Jesus Estrada smoking a pipe! did you SEE what she was wearing?"


Love him and his mother : )


I like him, but I don't like the portfolio. Your Quinceanara comment is spot-on: those gowns look like one of those cakes for Quiceanara that has the Barbie doll stuck down into the center...if the Barbie had pool floaties on her arms.


his mother is GORGEOUS.

Sadly, I don't think this little lad will make it that far.


His mom looks like my MIL, and my in-laws are gorgeous people.


Su madre es muy bonita!

I love that he's young and fearless. I want to see how he mixes against other very talented people, as well as taking the critics from Nina and Michael.


Seal fur?! I know I should comment on the fashions, but I can't get past the seal fur thing. He's cute but I have my doubts about this one.


I kinda like that Jiffy Pop skirt. If that became a trend, I could toss all my Spanx.

But I have to say, I'm wondering if there isn't a little warped sense of humor in the casting department that threw Pamela the religious nut into the same cast as Jesus.

I mean, come on, this has SNL gag written all over it.

--GothamTomato


Good grief. I can see where he might get smacked down by Nina's sharp fashion paw. It's hard to judge whether or not some of these designers will take critique of their work to heart or continue on with their vision of fashion/clothes and never get away from what just doesn't work.

I like over the top but over the top Barbie, princess, Cinderella...etc. isn't my thing.

He is a cute little thing.


I like him. Clearly, he loves Disney Princess gowns, but the two pictures of his work taken from the Lifetime site show that he can do more. Honestly, I think those are his two strongest pieces out of the lot we were shown. He seems to have a lot of energy and creativity, which is good for a competition like this. I bet he makes it relatively far.


He makes me want to have the mom challenge again, just to watch the other designers kill each other to get her as the model.

But, unless he can reign himself in and do tasteful, he is doomed.


Both of the jackets in the third row, especially the one on the left, I would DIE for (although I think the one on the right needs to be a bit longer; even on the model it's emphasizing the width of the hip too much).


He's ADORABLE! Hopefully, he doesn't have an overbearing boyfriend who pops in and tells us to keep our grubby hands off.

Still, girl needs to shun the illegal fabrics. Seal fur? Heidi ain't gonna like that one bit.


Cmon anyone who says Gordana should have made it to Bryant Park deserves my respect :)

I really hope he sticks around for a couple of challenge just to see if he's able to do "real-world" clothes...


I can see it now: PR S7, episode 2. Challenge: Design a dress for the Sunflower Princess.


"Mexi-twink alert" hehehe...you guys! ;)

Grandiosity...to say the least. It's all fun and folly...til you try and get it in the taxicab...then eek! (seriously...wth is Tim going on about?)...lol

That Hispanic flair plus extravagant avant garde...he's gonna be fun to watch. :D


I love him! Quinceaneros need love too!


More on Jesus Estrada at myLifetime.com.

Your link there goes to Emilio Sosa's Lifetime page.

Not that we're not all smart enough to find Jesus', but thought you should know.

I hope they keep him around or the cuteness. Don't you just want to pinch his cheeks? (Your choice of which set of cheeks!)


How much for the red and white dress? Cuz I will buy it right now. I will fit my fat ass into that thing anyway I can because I LOVE it.


Elaine said... those gowns look like one of those cakes for Quiceanara that has the Barbie doll stuck down into the center...if the Barbie had pool floaties on her arms.

Too true! He's adorable but I don't see him sticking around for too long, unless he reigns it way in.

And seal fur? What was he thinking?

His mom is super hot, though!


Fixed the link.


The seal fur grosses me out to an extreme. Yes, cute little hobbit but absolutely can't stand the Barbie princess aesthetic. Nina's going to have a field day with this one!!


I love Jesus! I can't believe he has a twin brother. Too cute.


I'm jealous of his mom - looking that good and getting to be his model!


I *love* his portfolio! The dresses are gorgeous and larger than life (maybe with an emphasis on "large," haha), and I dig the structure and toughness in some of the other looks. Sadly, I don't see him going far on the show, knowing the judges and what they're looking for. :(


He's young, delusional, arrogant, pig-headed, emotional and he doesn't listen... I love him already!


And Gordana. She should've made it to Bryant Park.
...and still not above trying to suck up to the blogosphere.


A note on the first model. She's not actually that skinny. She's twisting to face the camera from profile, which makes her waist seem smaller.


^ What Terri said. And the huge skirt probably makes the waist look smaller as well.


LOVE him! Go Chuy! He's so freaking cute, I want to put him in my pocket. Latinos never seem to make it that far on PR, though, so I don't plan on seeing him for long, but I heart him anyway.


Seal fur?

EWWWW!! I'm with Saint Tim, Anna & Zippy on that one. ick. yes, he does pretty things but seal fur? yuk.

(and I'm most emphatically not a PETAista but there are limits...and seal fur is way, way beyond them.)

srq


Think Heidi will hold that little jacket against him;)


I can't believe he used seal fur.


Lilithcat - "Not that we're not all smart enough to find Jesus'" hilarious.

When I saw his name on the post I wondered how soon someone would comment on him and Pamela being in the same cast. Not surprised.

I immediately thought of Austin's corn husk dress - wonder if any influence?

And with his gorgeous mother - the mother challenge would be one I think he'd like - although he would likely get to design for her.


He's so darn cute, I already have a bit of a crush on him But yeah I don't see his Disney princess aesthetic making it very far.


He's young, pretty, with his share of talent (even if his clothes are not for our taste)... I'm kinda sensing a Christopher vibe as in "oh this could be Lifetime's Siriano so let's make him stick around for awhile so that we can see if he really has what it takes"...

Sorry but I really got that vibe out of the way allowed Christopher to say after ending on the bottom 3 more than three times...


correction:
Sorry but I really got that vibe out of the way they allowed Christopher to stay after ending on the bottom 3 more than three times...


Two things: Who hears "couture" and says it needs to be able to survive a cab ride? I love you St. Tim, but that makes no sense.

Also his mother is clearly not a model size 0, so I automatically like the fact that he can design for a real woman's figure. I hope he gets out of the pretty dress box and really brings it on the show.


I think this guy is extremely hot. Anyone with me?


Yes, He's adorable. If he isn't gay I have the perfect girl for him.


I'm with ya, Mark. He is lovely.

If they have some more specific challenges it may force him to drop Barbie and show some versatility. His super skills will help there. If he goes beyond the first week or two, he might do OK.

I don't think he is as one-note as Christopher. Whoever said Kayne is closer. Mychael is another one who pops into my mind.


Wow, it really is Barbie time.

He won't last, but I'm already looking forward more to this season than the last.


kjt said...

Yes, He's adorable. If he isn't gay I have the perfect girl for him.


Do you really think there's any question that he's gay?


Gotham Tomato said, I kinda like that Jiffy Pop skirt. If that became a trend, I could toss all my Spanx.

I LOL'd so hard I scared the cat off my desk.

re Taxi Cab -- these dresses are for people who have their minions deliver the dress backstage in a van.

And I, too, crave the jackets. And the body to rock them.


I agree with Rach --- totally Latin Kaynebow (sounds like a Barbie collectible). He's a beautiful and sweet young man, who obviously has a great deal of talent, but I think the scope of his aesthetic is very narrow and limited. Perhaps in a few years with more experience in the industry and a little travel will expand the scope of his career in design. He's awfully cute though, so I do look forward to seeing him in the workroom and on the runway.

edina


Disney world Mexico? LMAO!!!! you guys are hilarious


It's weird to see the third set of pictures in his portfolio. Looking at that, maybe he does have the talent to design for the real world but with his design aesthetic...


@anonymous 6:12

Do you really think there's any question that he's gay?

I didn't look at the videos--
One can always hope/wish. Really, I do have a friend who would be perfect for him if he were straight.


Honestly, as someone who has attended the quinceanera barbie thing a couple times, only those last two qualify. The first few pictures are kinda interesting.


How fucking cute is that little latin hobbit?
haha you guys slay me.

I wonder what will happen when Pam meets Jesus? :)

So, I'm not crazy about his portfolio, but in the interview video, man... I came away from it knowing he made a long gown and a coat with seal fur. And nothing else, they didn't really show anything! I appreciate wanting to show us more Tim Gunn, Lifetime, but we want to see the clothes too. And I agree, the taxi cab comment is a ridiculously limiting one to make and a silly criterion to place on fashion.

Also, no phone call telling him he's on? Could they not get through to Jesus? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuKmE4zR1Sw&fmt=18
:)


What you guys said, TLo. We didn't get to see much of his portfolio except that he used seal fur (which skeeves me out completely even if it weren't illegal), but the jackets seem quite different than the big, pouffy dresses in his portfolio.

I'm hoping he is able to expand his aesthetic on the show because ballgown Barbieness isn't going to last long if this season's designers are as strong as Nina says they are. Of course, we've had PR people say that before and been wrong (Tim Gunn and Season 6 I'm looking at you).


How would Christian and Chris' model for the avant garde challenge have gotten into a taxi, and Nina loved that gown!! I think this guy is great!! I love his over-the-top-ness, he reminds me of Christian a lot. I am picking him for the win, so far. If he can dial it back, he will be spectacular.

Plus, there's this, another reason to love him:

Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
Jay, Austin and Gordana. She should've made it to Bryant Park.


I know you'all are joking about Pamela and Jesus, but she's Ba'hai. Not a Jesus freak. Ba'hais believe Jesus is one of the world's prophets. Open minded to all religions. Not nutcases.

Love that he loves Gordana. Would love to have been with Gordana when she read that.

Nancy


Adorable!
His portfolio is ineresting.


Jesus is a very common name in Spanish (here from someone who's father, grandfather, and nephew are named Jesus).

He's very sweet and cute. Don't know about his technical skills... that blown-up skirt/tight corset combo is one of the looks requiring the least of those. Remember Christopher?


"I'm kind of a big deal in Mexico." Really, darling? That's good, because you're going to find yourself back there very soon. He's cute but there are serious taste issues. I'd be very surprised if he lasts more than a coupled of episodes.

I wish his Mom could stick around, though. She's beyond fabulous. I'd love to see her modelling every week.


I think Tim learned a lesson from season 6...he was very hard on these designers in the auditions for the most part. As soon as the guy said seal fur it was over, Tim is NEVER going to like you.


"That first dress in the portfolio- does that model actually HAVE any internal organs and, if so, where do you think she keeps them?"

That was my thought, too. My immediate involuntary reaction was "holy crap, that girl is tiny!" It takes a lot to surprise me even in the modeling world (I have a friend that is naturally built like a runway model and she's gotten plenty of rude treatment because of it), but this photo creeped me out a little.
I am hoping, as someone else said, that it might just be the angle. I know that I've seen myself looking scary in some pictures due to the way my body was twisted.


Tim has is really annoying, and has become a sad parody of himself. If I hear that man talk about navigating ANYTHING, ever again, I'm going to put a bullet into my head. He's like a doll with a string in back that you pull to make him talk. "Make it work! Navigate the fashion landscape! Make it work! FABulous! Make it work!" And I do agree that many looks you see on the runway couldn't get into a taxi, and even if they could you still couldn't sit down without ruining them. Yes, these aren't the clothes meant for real people to wear (which is what most designers do have to practically design in "the real world") but to say there is no place in fashion for them is ridiculous.

I also find it a tad ridiculous that he is so indignant about the sealskin (and I do not support the slaughter of animals for fashion at all) yet, you know, most clothing we wear is sewn by destitute children in other countries in 12-hour shifts for a nickel a week and then the cost is marked up 1000% for an exorbitant profit. I love fashion, and sort of work in the field, but it is by no means a moral business at all. (Also, it is the importation and exportation of sealskin that is illegal. Jesus procuring a skin somehow and making one sample for himself is NOT the kind of activity the MMPA was designed to prevent.)

Jesus is cute but I do not like his work at all. He seems a bit naive. I do not anticipate him lasting very long.


Baby seal? Seriously?

How could he not know that's illegal? Here I sit at my kitchen table in a tiny mid-west village and I know it's illegal...

He's a little to "Beauty Pageant Barbie" for my taste, but who knows? Maybe he'll create wonderful interesting garments from coleslaw and clock parts...


Baby seal? Seriously?

How could he not know that's illegal? Here I sit at my kitchen table in a tiny mid-west village and I know it's illegal...

He's a little to "Beauty Pageant Barbie" for my taste, but who knows? Maybe he'll create wonderful interesting garments from coleslaw and clock parts...


"Open minded to all religions. Not nutcases."

So sad that you seem to have singled out Christians as the nutcase of the religions.

Some of the ceremonies or traditions of most religions are a bit odd (so even to the pracitioners) - but the ones who advocate violence or aliens in their spaceships/transports seem a wee but more deserving of the label.


So now is this designers name a cause for ridicule?


Anonymous said...
"Open minded to all religions. Not nutcases."

So sad that you seem to have singled out Christians as the nutcase of the religions.

Some of the ceremonies or traditions of most religions are a bit odd (so even to the pracitioners) - but the ones who advocate violence or aliens in their spaceships/transports seem a wee but more deserving of the label.


So now is this designers name a cause for ridicule?


I agree, it is ridiculous to single out a single religion's practitioners as nutcases. Practitioners of ANY religion are crazy. Why is your virgin-birthed, rising-from-the-dead, changing-water-to-wine magical "white" man from a time and place where he was most certainly not white any more realistic than Xenu, the beloved galactic overlord of $cientologists everywhere? All religions are cults, some are just overtly more vicious than others. However, practice your form of witchcraft away. Nobody here is stopping you, even if they offer a counter opinion.

On topic: Jesus Estrada needs more than this 13 months of design training to make it in the real world. Fact. His being shown on the runway at some cornflower festival in Mexico does not make him a "big deal." Some humility might be nice too.


You fellas had so many entertaining remarks in this one I can't in good conscience pick one to laud.

Having spent, a few years back, many lunch hours walking/shopping San Antonio's ritziest mall, a mecca for well-to-do Mexicans on vacation, I think he's already toned down his grandiosity a bit. We shall see if he can dial it back a little more, or if he can convert the judges.

Fun to watch. Love that his Mama models for him (or, he designs for her - is she in some sort of ceremonial court or pageant for mature women?)


I love the bubble gold gown! It's cute and different and I would love to have one :)


LOVE him! Lovehimlovehimlovehim LOVE HIM!

Oh I wanna be his faghag. What an absolute DOLL and I love his outrageous Barbie style...


I knew I've seen that dress before:

http://emu-memu.net/fluff/?p=587


I have a feeling that he's going to be like Christopher from Season 6 and pull out a tacky-ass gown for every. Single. Challenge.

Hopefully he won't cry as much as Christopher though. And we need an adorable little gay pixie and he fits the requirements.


"anon said: Jesus Estrada needs more than this 13 months of design training to make it in the real world. Fact."




Not necessarily. Practical, real world experience counts for more than sitting in a classroom (and also counts as training).

--GothamTomato


Well, true, but there are so many untrained "fashion designers" out there who can't get jobs or internships because they lack experience beyond what they've taught themselves at home. I'm not making any predictions on Jesus's success, just saying that for every relatively untrained designer who gets their foot in the door there are many, many people who don't. It's all about connections, so if you're one of those people and are serious about making it, you really probably need to move to LA or NY, depending on your aesthetic.


I think his shit is downright ugly. Did anyone catch the third judge? Not impressed. AT ALL.


He's adorable! Jesus FTW!!!!


a said...

He's young, delusional, arrogant, pig-headed, emotional and he doesn't listen... I love him already!



LOL



GO JESUS!!!!!!


anyone that can say a murse (man purse) is a fahion must with a straight face is ok in my book.

I like him!


I had to say it: it's MexiKayne!


well he would have about DIED in the drag ...


This guy is fantastic!! I am so excited to see him on the show! At last a contestant who will NEVER bore us!!

I would be so thrilled to see a Mexican gay guy win this competition!!! Yes!


Does anyone know where i could find the video of jesus's closet tour that would acutally play so i can see his twin brother?


Good, thanks for sharing


Love him and his mother : )





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