Oscar Lopez Is ‘Project Runway: Under The Gunn’s’ First Winner!

11th April 2014 by
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Lifetime’s Project Runway: Under the Gunn (#UndertheGunn), hosted by Emmy® Award winner Tim Gunn, crowns Cuban native Oscar Lopez as the winner of the inaugural season after a star-studded fashion show at the Los Angeles Theater.

Up against fellow designers Asha Daniels, Sam Donovan and Shan Keith, Lopez, with the help of his mentor, Nick Verreos, impressed the esteemed judges’ panel, which included designer Rachel Roy, celebrity stylist Jen Rade, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi and special guest judges, Heidi Klum (Project Runway) and Neil Patrick Harris.

The beauty and sophistication of Lopez’s five-piece collection lead the judges to choose him as the season’s winner.

As the winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn, Lopez will receive a cash prize of $100,000; a top of the line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation; an all-expense paid inspirational trip to Paris, courtesy of Blowpro the blowout experts; Blowpro hair styling products; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus CT 200h; and the opportunity to design a collection sold exclusively at francesca’s®, your destination for unique clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Lopez also receives the opportunity work closely with the Benefit Cosmetics’ creative team to design a new uniform for their field, showcasing Lopez’s design aesthetic blended with Benefit’s spirit of fun & laughter. On Monday, April 14th, Benefit will host a national press event at their Soho boutique in New York to unveil the new design which Lopez designed exclusively for Benefit Cosmetics to top beauty and fashion editors.

Beating out his fellow mentors Anya Ayoung-Chee and Mondo Guerra to help bring in the win for Lopez, Nick Verreos will also receive a 2014 Lexus CT 200h, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a spot as guest editor for one year.

Oscar made two attempts to flee Cuba before he found his way to freedom, moving to Mexico to pursue a singing career and four years later immigrating to Miami. Though it was hard for him to be separated from his family, he focused all his energy on becoming a designer, painstakingly teaching himself to sew and make patterns.

He now has a loyal clientele of Miami society ladies for whom he creates lavish custom garments. Oscar was finally reunited with his family, and was able to say goodbye to his father who passed away only two months after arriving in the U.S. In spite of all the adversity he has experienced, he has an indomitable spirit and always sees the glass as half full.