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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Natalie on

I am so, so glad that Dakota Fanning decided to pursue a college education. I think it’s unfortunate that many young actors and actresses decide to bypass college all together, it really sets a bad example. A good education in invaluable and more Hollywood “stars” need to recognize that!

cindy on

You are not a true college student if you dont wear sweatpants at least 1 time in college

Christy on


David on

I hope the kids at NYU destroy her…

Jeanine on

What is with the negative comments….David why would you want them to destroy her….what has she ever done to you….jealous much. You guys are the reason this world is filled with such hate….I mean honestly….grow up!

Jeanie on

I think she is just as adorable today as she’s always been! Kudos to her parents for steering her correctly and not allowing hollywood fame ruin her. :)

Jeanie on

The negative comments come from insecure, jealous ones who hate their own life!

Marg on

I was just like her…I went to a high school where I wore a uniform and I was thrilled to choose my clothes for class. I never wore sweatpants, but I wasn’t wearing a ball gown either. That doesn’t make her a diva at all.

Vela on

Unfortunately, Dakota comes across a little spoiled, most undergrads do not live in their own Manhattan apartments and have designer clothes, nor do they attend fashion shows. She was educated at a private school and was an excellent student from what I’ve read, but she may need to learn to be a little humble. Most undergrads don’t live the life she has; and when I got to college sweats were the regular uniform and I don’t think we gave a lot of thought to pencil cases. I think she may need to grow up a little more.

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