Women Of Style 2020: Michelle Durpetti Is Chicago Strong

By J.P. Anderson | September 6, 2020 | People

Style is a state of mind and fashion a means of expression, which is all the more important in our rapidly changing world. We check in with Chicago's sartorial stars for some words of wisdom.

Michelle Durpetti, managing partner, Gene & Georgetti; founder, Michelle Durpetti Events


The most amazing thing to happen since I became a Woman of Style in 2017 was...
The January after I was featured, I married my husband, Collin Pierson—that was an amazing moment. I’ve also been to national and international year-end competitions with my horses (I’m an amateur equestrian). And with all that has come our way over the last three years, my family has stood strong together, and I’m incredibly proud of that.

This year has taught me... the value of resilience, the importance of organization and of never giving up—and that necessity truly is the mother of all invention.

What I’m most passionate about right now is… the safety and happiness of my teams.

The biggest surprise of the year has been... that as a wedding planner for the last 12 years, I will not have any weddings this year—my clients have all decided to move to 2021, and they have been wonderful.

My proudest achievement is... waking up every day knowing that Gene & Georgetti in Chicago and Rosemont are open and people are working. That my dad is doing well health-wise, that my horses have a good life. That my husband supports me endlessly. I am very proud of each and every team member.

To me, style means... comfort and confidence and expression! I have to be me, so accessories are always present.

My favorite designer of the moment is… still Gucci, and Tracey in Chicago takes such great care of me. For equestrianwear, I am forever a fan of Tucci boots (Italians just know how to make riding boots).

I am supporting my local community by... doing whatever I can. Buying local, supporting local on my social media, making sure my fellow wedding and event vendors are supported where and whenever possible.

Photography by: Quinn Wharton