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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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Opinionated on

Someone let this poor girl get to the bathroom. She looks like she’s doing the pee-pee dance!!

Sharon on

Her parents have done a great job in raising her, she could easily not go to college, because she is rich and famous, but she is getting her college degree which is great. As far as not wearing sweats, that is her personal choice…

Nhzinga on

I’m glad she’s going to college! I don’t think she’s spoiled at all–while most college freshmen don’t live in apartments, most college freshmen haven’t been working since they were 4-years-old! Dakota has the money to live as she wants–she’s earned it. Congrats Dakota! Happy studying!

Susan on

Sloppy journalism. Fanning is not an “LA native” as the article states. She was born in Conyers, GA. Not a fan of hers, just a fan of good journalism.

tillie on

My son is in college and would never wear a pair of sweats,he won’t even wear them at home. I don’t think she should be put down just because she does’nt want to wear them

Traci on

Dakota is just as adorable now as she was when she played Lucy in “I Am Sam”.

You go Dakota. I’m proud that you’ve decided to attend college.

For all you haters who have negative comments, “GET A LIFE”.

BBB on

Whatever clothes she wears I just hope she finishes college in 4 years. There have been a few celebs who start off college and then drop out for their career.

Jenny Breen on

When in Rome . . as they say. My son attends NYU and loves it. I’ve been there many time and I love everything about it, but it’s not a fashion show there. If she wants to show off her money. Fair enough. But, NYU is definitely not the college for that. Not if she wants people to respect her for who she is. Go ahead and show off Dakota. No one is going to be impressed with shallowness in college.

Katie on

Glad to hear she is pursuing other opportunities in college. You never know when you’ll make your last movie.. and at least she has something to fall back on if acting doesn’t work out for her. Love her to death though!

Tori on

What a silly title to an article of such importance. She’s going to NYU, that’s incredible!! Maybe the next article should be, “Dakota Fanning refuses to eat RAMEN NOODLES.”

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