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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crg on

What is she studying. I HAD to wear sweatpants in college because I was a theatre major and most classes we were required to wear elastic waist pants. Good excuse for me to dress comfortably :)

Guest on

That is great that she is going to college and not just relying on her movie star status BUT living in a Manhattan apartment is not cheap I am sure, so in a way she kind of is….but I guess with her money she can afford a nice place

lucy on

This is AMerica.. she doesn’t have to wear sweatpants… Guess what, some people like sweat pants. It’s called freedom. Her choice or anyone else’s

lane on

who cares though…?

CJ on

Wow, what a lot of unhappy,miserable people post on these sites. What in heaven’s name could you possibly have against Dakaota Fanning???????!!!!!!!!!!

I mean are you THAT unhappy and that jealous of what others have?~!
Really, get a LIFE people! She is a sweet kid!

Nick on

This will change….every girl thinks that way the first semester. :)

mrsmass on

why do you people care if she wears sweats or not? you’re taking her comments out of context. why shouldn’t she have her own apartment? and i don’t think NYU has normal dorm buildings anyway.

Kim on

Boy, how sad is it that so many of you are seemingly jealous of a teenage girl……….

sophie on

i don’t blame her! wearing sweats to class is so tacky. anyways.. i went to catholic school too and when i got to college i had no idea what to wear! lol. all my friends went to public school and were used to knowing how to dress for class. it’s definitely a big change going from wearing a uniform everday to having to wake up early just to figure out what to wear lol

Andrea on

I’m fascinated by all the people who seem to think wearing sweatpants to class is disrespectful. Now, the guy I saw walking down the hallway in his robe last semester? That I think is going too far- but sweatpants? I wear casual clothing, not necessarily sweatpants, but I do wear hoodies, as does almost everyone else. Honestly, I have kids and if my clothes are clean and match, I’m happy. I have no problem if you all want to dress up for class- but don’t act like the rest of us are slobs for not doing so. College is hard enough without having to worry about what to wear. Really. Most of us are there to learn, not for a fashion show.

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