Sugar by no means, ever was as candy as Mariah Carey’s “Honey”. Launched 25 years in the past 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 way of her divorce from music government Tommy Mottola on the time.
Acclaimed by critics, “Honey” was Carey’s third single to debut on the high of the Billboard Scorching 100, staying at primary for 3 consecutive weeks and incomes two Grammy nominations. It’s additionally a fan favorite, or make that Lamb favorite (Lamb being the phrase used for Carey’s many devotees, which, in the event you haven’t already guessed, I most undoubtedly am). The accompanying music video, launched the next month, is likely one of 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 sense of humour with Frank Sivero taking part in a gangster (in a attainable 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 just a little black gown by Dolce & Gabbana styled with a pair of Gucci pumps by Tom Ford. So memorable is her look that the sneakers, initially from the autumn/winter 1997 assortment, are actually generally known as the “Mariah stilettos” – in the event you want affirmation, simply check out any resale website. “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 want these for Mariah, so we received them and so they changed into such an iconic a part of the video.”
After that scene, Mariah is seen leaping off a balcony right into a pool, tearing away her gown below water to disclose a washing swimsuit. This a part of the video was carried out by stunt ladies. “I needed to have attire that had been much like the Dolce, however in addition they needed to have the tear away,” Zee reminisces, “the entrance of these attire was fully velcro, so they may take away it as they dove into the pool. There was quite a lot of vogue smoke and mirrors in the way in which we did that,” he provides with fun. “Betsey Johnson helped me make these attire. It was simply quite a lot of vogue fantasy.”