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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.”

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Ana on

I was also in a Catholic school with uniform, so it was exhiting to wear normal clothes for classes. I found out soon that selecting clothes every day was time consuming but fun. And by the way I am not the sweetpants, jogging suit type either… and was in a private and expensive University, so every other girl was nicely dressed. It is a smart decision to go to University no matter what you wear.

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sil on

What is it with certain people being unable to be happy for other people’s good fortune? I am a broke college student, but this girls hasn’t done anything to me or anyone else, if she has millions is only because she has been working since she was a little girl. I’m happy for her, she is adorable, why would anyone wish for other students to destroy her? you must be a bitter unhappy person and I feel sorry for you.

Petra on

THis is important why???????And does anyone care? NOT

Get some real stories and writers

IF you want to promote this gaarbage, why don’t you have a TEEN/TWEEN Website/

Susie on

She is not an LA native!! She’s from Conyers, GA. Get the facts straight please.

Sandy on

How fun to read about these young rich stars! Imagine going to college in NY and getting to live in a beautiful Manhattan apartment!! Plus having designer clothes and lots of money!! I mean of course she won’t need to wear sweatpants! Who would when you can buy whatever you want. I hope she knows how lucky she is– which is a result of her hard work and talent. Good for her to want to continue her education.

lauren on

Check your facts People.com: Dakota is NOT a Los Angeles native. She is actually from Georgia. Just because she moved to LA to advance her career does not make her a native.

RG on

Wow there are alot of poor jealous souls on here. Congrats to Dakota for getting a higher education. I find that awesome that she isn’t putting everything into acting and expanding her mind with more than money…..Kudos!!!

megan on

I gotta say she is sooo missing out! Take advantage of being able to wake up 5 minutes before you have to be somewhere, put on some sweat pants, a hoodie, throw the hair in a ponytail, and off you go, unfortunately now that I work in an office those days are long gone. Relax, enjoy, you might as well be comfortable when you listen to a 2.5hr lecture. I say no sweatpants, and no dorms, not a true college experience, she’s missing out!

Orange12 on

Hope she has a great college experience! BTW – I never wear sweats (outside the gym) because they make me look bad. I don’t see anything diva about that. And comments about her needing to grow up – umm, yes generally that is what people at that age do.

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