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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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Andrea on

Good for her going to school but I notice the more comfortable I am the more I can concentrate. Some classmates come in PJ plaid pants. For me, sweats are the best especially at 8am classes.

Mary Brace on

So what we have here is spoiled young actress goes to college. Manhattan apartment (not a dorm), has a top designer making clothes for her -appropriate for a Northeast college (instead of D. General and Walmart like most college kids)… such hard places for her to be… ugh….

Dank Smoker on

Some of you people are just so hateful. No wonder the planet is full of hate and war. Most of you act like little 12 year olds, especially you David. You hope they “destroy her”?! What’s your problem?

Mel_M on

Dank Smoker,

I don’t undersrand the hatred either. Dakota is doing OK, and so far as her apt, I put some thought into it and decided that what she is doing is good for her. I gave my reasons in my comment just above.

Lucy on

She’s a lovely young woman living in the light of creativity!
A hard working, professional artist.

Why not work to raise yourselves to somewhere more pleasant where you would rather be, than be negative on others ?
We are all special.

Lucy on

As far as not wanting to wear sweatpants, maybe she’s just trying to set a standard for herself, Dakota’s own college “uniform” and doesn’t mean to put down students who choose to go more casual. Maybe she’s following “old hollywood” standards about always looking good in public. She takes her career seriously and quite possibly is a perfectionist.
Hope she has an enriching and fun time in college.

Mel_M on

Dakota has never been really fastidious about about looking great on the street. She’s been photographed many times in her gym workout clothes. I would expect her to find a gym near her residence in NYC and go to-and-fro in the same style (or lack of it).

Manda on

I wish people at my college thought more of themselves to NOT wear their pjs to class either. Rule of thumb: if you wear it to bed, it should not be worn to class… or out in public for that matter. just sayin.

april on

I love wearing yoga pants to class. However, I don’t go to NYU nor live in New York, Colorado has a bit more laid back style. I am also not an actress and I don’t have money to dress up for school every day. To each their own..

kat on

I never wear sweatpants anywhere except to bed. Now sweat SHIRTS…

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