Sugar never, ever was as sweet as Mariah Careys Honey. Released 25 years back today because the lead single of her deeply personal sixth studio album Butterfly, Honey was a redefining song in Careys careerone that saw her lean further into hip hopand in her personal life, as she was going right through her divorce from music executive Tommy Mottola at that time.
Acclaimed by critics, Honey was Careys third single to debut near the top of the Billboard Hot 100, residing at number 1 for three consecutive weeks and earning two Grammy nominations. Its also a fan favorite, or make that Lamb favorite (Lamb being the term useful for Careys many devotees, which, in the event that you havent already guessed, I most surely am). The accompanying music video, released the next month, is among the best types of the Y2K eras high-budget music productions.
Shot on an exclusive island in Puerto Rico (which Carey rented for the shoot) and directed by Paul Hunter, Honey channels the high-octane glamour of James Bond films. Inside it, Carey indulges her kitschy love of life with Frank Sivero playing a gangster (in a possible mention of her ex-husband) who’s holding her secret agent character captive. Model David Fumero plays her very steamy love interest.
In the kidnapping scene, Carey wears just a little black dress by Dolce & Gabbana styled with a set of Gucci pumps by Tom Ford. So memorable is her look that the shoes, originally from the fall 1997 collection, are actually referred to as the Mariah stilettosif you will need confirmation, simply take a glance at any resale site. At that time we were filming there is no, oh, lets execute a up close of the shoe, says Joe Zee, the style stylist and editor that styled the music video, but I had just experienced Europe at all of the shows, and I recall since Gucci show and I was like those are killer, I want those for Mariah, so we got them plus they turned into this iconic section of the video.