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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.”

–Kate Hogan and Catherine Kast

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Brenda on

Some of you people are a little too much. What do you guys expect? For her to behave like she is struggling to pay her tuition and wear worn out sweats? The reality is, she can live in her own apartment and wear a Marc Jacobs handbag. She is also paying her own tuition. That’s who she is and she worked hard to earn everything that she has. I don’t think she is behaving like a spoiled brat. I am not rich but you will not catch me dead wearing sweats outside of a gym.

Cristina on

Ummm…how is it a diva to not want to wear sweatpants? I never wore sweatpants (except after track practice) in all of college and high school. That didn’t make me an immature spoiled brat, I just don’t like sweats. Kudos to Dakota!

lissa on

I think that if she worked hard and has the money she can be as concerned as a pencil case as she wants to be. honestly, I’d rather that than have an actor/actress/wannabe talk to me about politics/the death penalty (talking to you kardashian!)

Dawn on

You ain’t in the west coast anymore. Let your hair down and wear those sweatpants, once in awhile.

SarahJane on

I went to visit colleges and I actually took one of my list b/c all the girls were wearing sweatpants! I am not rich or priveledged, but I wouldnt ever dare wear those to class! It’s just my personality. I like starting my day fresh and ready to go. I dont see her being a apoiled brat at all.

EH on

I only wore sweatpants in college if I was coming straight from a for-credit PE class or cheerleading practice and had NO time to change. Otherwise, it’s just slopping and unprofessional. She’s not being a diva, she’s just making sure to look polished, something ANYONE can do in college, no matter income. PS–I also get ticked off that I’m in law school and a few people STILL show up looking like slobs. Those are the people that need to grow up.

jenn on

I wore sweats and a hoodie almost every day in college. East coast winters are brutal. No way I would be in heels and a dress going to college. Comfort Dakota comfort, hair in a ponytail. Fit IN with people.

liv4luv on

I have no idea why Dakota would want to attend NYU and be the subject of all of the jealousy that will surely take place there. College kids are way more jealous than these idiots on this site posting negative comments. Dakota has a career and she is very talented, so there could be more hate than she should have to deal with in college. It is so hard to trust strangers because anyone can sell a story, true or false to a tabloid magazine. I sure hope I’m wrong and the kids are accepting and not jealous.

star on

Good for her for going to school and all that type of stuff but she seems a little “bougie”– I mean as if her living in a Manhattan apartment (which with her money I don’t blame her for doing) doesn’t seperate her from her fellow students enough she goes on to diss her fellow freshman’s by criticizing sweatpants. Not a good way to appear relatable to your classmates Dakota. Lol I can see her sectioning herself off from everybody else at lunch and ordering expensive takeout while everybody goes to the food court. I don’t mind her but she’s never been a favorite of mine–she’s a little overrated. I think her “classic” white looks were mainly responsible for getting her into the biz.

nectar on

Sweat pants are the best… Don’t get me wrong I don’t wear it to school all the time, but i do wear them to class occasionally. They’re comfortable when you have to sit in a 3 hour lecture. There’s nothing wrong with it. And plus some of these classrooms still have air conditioning on so it can get quite cold. Hey if you have the money to wear what you want kudos to you, but don’t make it seem like sweats aren’t good enough for you’re liking.

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