Miami Designer Ozcar Garcia-Lopez Opens Up About Winning Under the Gunn
Who ever said, "Nice guys finish last" is an asshole. Just ask couture designer and season one winner of Lifetime's Under the Gunn, Ozcar Garcia Lopez.
Ozcar G. Lopez puts together a green gown for a special client on Lifetime's Project Runway: Under the Gunn
The Coral Gables native, who admittedly says that he can't stand dramatic confrontations, gained praises from mega-star judges, Heidi Klum, and Neil Patrick Harris, for his five-piece evening line, right before he swooped up the gold on the Project Runway spin-off season finale.
One month later, the phone hasn't stopped ringing.
"People haven't stopped calling," the Cuban-born 40-year old says of the custom orders that spill in by the dozens. "Right now, I'm working on a gown for one of my clients to wear to the Met Gala." Of course, we here at Cultist just had to snag a spot on his tufted sofa to learn more about the couture champ and his busy life post Lifetime.
Though bombarded with design mazes and patterns upon patterns (one of which will be potentially analyzed by the Ice Queen herself, Anna Wintour), he's not bothered by our presence - because, he's just nice like that.
Cultist: Let's talk about your huge win on Lifetime's Project Runway: Under the Gunn. How does it feel bringing that title back to Miami?
Ozcar Garcia-Lopez: What I took from the show was seeing how people find such a positive inspiration in all of us (the cast). You become a motivator - a path to follow. I'm amazed that I was able to participate on the show. Representing not only the Latino Community, but also the Florida community. To put Miami on the map for fashion is huge.
How pressured did you feel competing in front of millions of viewers?
Watching the show, seeing myself compete, makes me think, "How was I able to do that under so much pressure?" To work the whole time with all these cameras on top of you and then have to ignore them, was crazy. We would be sewing, and we'd have the camera, sticking to our faces. Of course, the pressure of time. I'm a survivor of that "jungle."
And there was, obviously, loads of drama.
Oh my God. I was trying to stay away from the drama. But there's always going to be the mean girl and the "bitchy one." We need those ingredients in order to get a good response from the audience. But I was just there to compete.
Not only compete. Word on the street is you were quite the "Mr. Mom" of the house.
Every morning, I would wake up, jump in the shower, get into the kitchen, and prepare breakfast for everyone. I took my Italian cafetera and my La Llave coffee and would make café con leche and omelets every morning. Everyone was like, "Oh, we have a chef in the morning now?" I even cleaned the apartment once. It was a mess, and we never had time to clean. I ended up buying Lysol and Fabuloso and cleaned the whole thing. I would even sweep the floor in the workroom. I love to be organized.