Dakota Fanning Is Picking Clothes for College

09/21/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Dakota Fanning Oh Lola
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Dakota Fanning just celebrated her move from Los Angeles to New York at her first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the star is busy tackling an even bigger milestone now: starting her freshman year at NYU.

“Going to college is a bit different than going back to high school,” the new student told PEOPLE recently at a Marc Jacobs bash. “You can kind of wear whatever you want, and I had a uniform in high school.”

But don’t think you’ll catch Dakota, who’s living in a Manhattan apartment instead of the dorms, taking on sloppy student style. “If you ever catch me in sweatpants in class, that’s not good,” joked the star. “I’ve tried not to dress like that.”

However, the former Angeleno did come prepared for the East Coast temperature changes — sans sweatpants. “I knew to bring a lot of coats, and my Hunter rain boots,” she shared. Still, Fanning admitted that shopping for school is intimidating. For instance, “What pencil case do you buy for college?” she asked.

Fanning might have a little help in the wardrobe department courtesy of her pal Marc Jacobs. The actress — a muse for his line (as is her sister) — serves as the face of his latest fragrance, Oh, Lola! “It’s been such an honor to work with someone who you admire and actually love wearing their clothes and love their brand,” she said. “I think Marc is such a genius and so creative, and I think he proves time and time again that he can do anything. To be involved in anything he touches is a pleasure.”

Though the Oh, Lola! campaign stirred a bit of controversy thanks to its provocative imagery, Fanning said she had a blast during the photo shoot. “It was amazing,” she told reporters at a recent Oh, Lola! event in N.Y.C. “Getting to work with Juergen [Teller] again, it’s always so much fun.”

And she definitely had faith in her crew — and the designer. Fanning showed up to set without having seen the bottle, and unaware of the scent’s smell. “I got there … and it was exactly what I love, and it’s pink — which is my favorite color,” she shared. “So it couldn’t have been more perfect for me.”

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cjones on

Skip college. It’s a waste of time.

Avila Maria on

Folks, chill. People can wear whatever they want. As I stroll through Harvard’s campus, there are no kids wearing sweat pants. Wear them around the dorms and such, but no need to go to class in such dowdy clothing (though I love them myself). The point is it all impacts your mind and reflects a seriously and respect toward your education.

Alex on

Well, people, what do you want? Someone like Miley Cyrus who is posting naked shower pics on youtube, or the amazing Dakota, who grew up as a child, is still keeping up her attitude and continue studying up to the end, although most of the kids in her shoes would have forgotten school ( like Miley, for instance)?
I think Dakota isn’t to be blamed because she has the privilege to live in a wealthy life style: she earned it..she worked hard since she was little kid…And this is amazing: she never LOST IT!!Congrats to her parents: well job, folks!!!

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NYUFilmGirl on

I went to NYU and can verify that most students did NOT wear sweatpants (myself included). I’m not necessarily saying that I dressed to the nines every day, but I tried to at least wear a pair of jeans to class. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NYU, you must understand that the campus is smack dab in the middle of Greenwich Village. There is no campus bubble. You’re walking along streets like Fifth Ave and Broadway every single day. You’re not just passing other students on your way to class, you’re walking amongst other NYers. As for her choice of housing – apartment living at NYU is pretty normal. I chose to stay in the dorms for 3 out of my 4 years there. Many of my friends lived off campus after their freshman year. There are plenty of dorms to go around, but student housing is just as expensive as getting your own apartment in the city.

eve on

well, it’s always like that when it’s your first time, your anxious about almost everything..i can’t really blame her though, but I’m pretty sure she’ll learn what to do when she’s in the actual situation already..

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