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

Megan – maybe she is not looking for the so called “true college experience” but for an education. Plus, you don’t need to live in the dorm and wear sweats 24/7 to enjoy college. Maybe she doesn’t like to rush out the door and take her time to get ready. It seems that she is making decisions that best will suit her which is the only thing that really matter. Good Luck Dakota!!!

Alyssa on

Too bad Ms. Lohan didn’t follow in Dakota’s footsteps.

Wendy on

Geesh, negative much. She is a teenager (17) who has made over 30 movies in 12 years and still went to high school and is now headed to college. She is smart, articulate, and proper.

Petra on

I never wore sweatpants either BUT I also never had her checkbook. She should cut others some slack. Sometimes people are working two jobs, raising a family, etc –all while they study. She sounds kinda snobbish.

wendie goode-dox on

I may be wrong, but many of my daughter’s friends attended NYU and most lived in apartments. I believe the student housing is very limited, if it exists at all. And if I was her mother I would rather have her in a secure, doorman building in cause of overzealous fans, obsessed stalkers, etc. So all you snarky commentors really need to use your heads and get lives.
A smart talented girl going to college on her own money and you wish her ill? shame on you.

GG on

Wow…I cannot believe any of you truly care what this young woman wants to wear to school. She is 18 and has been making a living to support herself since she was, I don’t know, 8? So that squashes the spoiled aspect as she has works for the money she makes to spend on her education and wardrobe. That being said, she is also old enough to chose what she wants to wear. It isn’t as she is refusing to wear a requires uniform. Get a grip people…I am sure less it’s a requited uniform…no one is telling any of you what to wear. :)

Prianka on

I am going to graduate with an honours bachelor’s degree this year and I made it through all four years without every resorting to wearing sweatpants to class. It’s absolutely not impossible. The simple solution is to just not own a pair that would be acceptable in public. I bet Dakota will give the Olsen twins a run for their money with her college sartorial choices.

Cyndi on

How rude is she ????????????? Rich people were sweats too hun !

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