Sugar by no means, ever was as candy as Mariah Carey’s “Honey.” Launched 25 years in the past at present because the lead single of her deeply private sixth studio album Butterfly, “Honey” was a redefining music in Carey’s profession–one which noticed her lean additional into hip hop–and in her private life, as she was going by means of her divorce from music govt Tommy Mottola on the time.
Acclaimed by critics, “Honey” was Carey’s third single to debut on the prime of the Billboard Sizzling 100, staying at primary for 3 consecutive weeks and incomes two Grammy nominations. It’s additionally a fan favourite, or make that Lamb favourite (Lamb being the phrase used for Carey’s many devotees, which, if you happen to haven’t already guessed, I most undoubtedly am). The accompanying music video, launched the next month, is among the finest examples of the Y2K period’s high-budget music productions.
Shot on a non-public island in Puerto Rico (which Carey rented for the shoot) and directed by Paul Hunter, “Honey” channels the high-octane glamour of James Bond movies. In it, Carey indulges her kitschy humorousness with Frank Sivero enjoying a gangster (in a potential reference to her ex-husband) who’s holding her undercover agent character captive. Mannequin David Fumero performs her very steamy love curiosity.
Within the kidnapping scene, Carey wears somewhat black gown by Dolce & Gabbana styled with a pair of Gucci pumps by Tom Ford. So memorable is her look that the footwear, initially from the autumn 1997 assortment, are actually referred to as the “Mariah stilettos”–if you happen to want affirmation, simply check out any resale web site. “On the time we had been filming there was no, ‘oh, let’s do a detailed up of the shoe,’” says Joe Zee, the style stylist and editor that styled the music video, “however I had simply been in Europe in any respect the reveals, and I bear in mind seeing that Gucci present and I used to be like these are killer, I would like these for Mariah, so we received them they usually changed into such an iconic a part of the video.”