EMMY WARM-UP: Derek Lam and Audi, the official car partner of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, held their annual pre-Emmy bash at West Hollywood restaurant Cecconi’s Sunday night, drawing Emmy nominees Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Cat Deeley, who were joined by Kate Walsh, Rachael Harris, Ashley Madekwe, Matthew Weiner, Chord Overstreet, Brittany Snow and Yvette Nicole Brown.

“What they’re doing is very similar to what I’m doing in terms of fashion and technology,” said Lam, talking about Audi while relaxing in an ivy-lined lounge area. “There’s something subtle and sleek wrapped in a wonderful package.”

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McCarthy, who was chatting with Nia Vardalos in a cozy nook lit with glimmering candlelight, revealed, “A good friend of mine is creating my dress for the Emmy’s, so it’s special.” DJ Michelle Pesce lured Bowen to the dance floor, where she shimmied in a Lela Rose dress with her “Modern Family” costars Stonestreet and Burrell. Although certainly her heart is with “Modern Family,” Bowen was happy to give some love to other television shows. “I watch ‘Breaking Bad’ obsessively. I can talk all night long about ‘Breaking Bad,’” she said.