Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Delectable Rainwear Story

Rubberised Satin
If you look through a number of different rubber and rainwear enthusiast magazines published back in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the UK,  you’ll notice that there are quite a few pictures of young women dressed in rubber mackintoshes photographed down by (and sometimes on or in) a river.

This body of water is in fact the River Thames, which for many years was used as a convenient backdrop for numerous rainwear photo sessions.

There are several reasons why photographers liked to use the river as an outside location, but perhaps the primary reason was that the publishers’ offices were nearby. 

This made it easier for a freelance photographer to meet up with the model or models being photographed and most important pick-up all required wardrobe items which always included a selection of rubber mackintoshes.

Kingston upon Thames, Molesey, Richmond upon Thames and Tolworth were all towns along the river where a number of enthusiast publications had their offices.  Each independently covering the rubber and rainwear scene in their own unique way.

While none of these publications are around today, the personal recollections and above all fascinating stories of those involved in many cases still are.

If you’re a fan of these bygone era magazines,  The Delectable Rainwear Story will take you down memory lane to the banks of the River Thames back in the early 1970’s, a time when photographer Mike Epwell, worked hard to produce a rainwear enthusiast magazine which almost always met or exceeded the expectations of its readership.

The Delectable Rainwear Story is available this summer in weekly installments at: www.kristinesjournal.com

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Silent Rainwearist's

The Plastic Mackintosh
This past week, I posted an update on the Kristine's Weekly Journal area of EnthusiastImages.com website. 

Under the sub-heading PVC Mackintoshes and Capes, I mentioned that I am considering purchasing a new PVC mackintosh or cape from PVC-U-Like.com:

(At the urging of numerous PVC mac and cape enthusiasts over the past year, I am now going to purchase a couple of macs from PVC-U-Like in the UK. 

I am leaning towards their shiny black PVC cape http://pvc-u-like.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CA09 and their double breasted raincoat http://pvc-u-like.com/proddetail.asp?prod=RA37
. With this in mind, I would welcome any suggestions relating to this future purchase from PVC mac and cape enthusiasts).               

To date, I have not heard from a single mackintosh or cape enthusiast.  

This is a far cry from the heady days ten years ago when I constantly received unsolicited suggestions and ideas for future wardrobe purchases.  

Ironically, EnthusiastImages.com has well over ten times more daily visitors than the old RainwearEnthusiast.com  ever had back in 2004.

I am however, receiving a tremendous amount of positive mail concerning two of the websites new areas: Rubber Enthusiast and Role Play and Fantasy. 

This begs the question, could it be that enthusiasm for shiny PVC mackintoshes and capes (along with rainwear in general) is now waning, while at the same time interest in latex rubberwear  and other fetish and fantasywear is on the rise?  

Perhaps!

After all, attitudes, tastes and above all desires do change over time. 

Note: You can read my Kristine's Weekly Journal at EnthusiastImages.com (a free User-name and Password is required in order to gain access).                                                                              








Sunday, June 8, 2014

Traditional Rubber Riding Macs

Last week, I received this message from an enthusiast living in the UK:

“Any chance of seeing a bit of writing or stories or photos about old fashioned traditional rubberised riding macs?”

Unfortunately, the senders return email address does not now appear to be working.  So, after several attempts, here is my response which will also serve to answer the numerous other inquiries I have received over the past year on the subject of double texture riding macs.

For those interested, I do own an “old faithful” riding mac, which I purchased back in the late 1980’s and which has most definitely now seen better days in terms of its overall condition.

Most recently, I have been wearing this mac outside on rainy days when working in my garden, but that’s about the extent of its usefulness today.  

I don’t ride horses, therefore, based on my own personal experiences, the practicality of wearing riding macs for day-to-day use tends to be somewhat limited due to the typically heavy-weight of the double texture rubberized material.

However, for long country walks on wet windy days, riding macs are perfect, and especially when tightly belted with the collar up and throat tab securely in place.

Based on my received email over the years, it appears that many enthusiasts enjoy stories (and personal accounts) involving for example: “Mistress in her Rubber Riding Mac” or “Wife tied up in her Rubber Riding Mac” which I happen to know are universally popular themes dating back over the past century.

With this in mind, I may dust-off some of my old “riding mac” stories from the past and re-publish them in order to give enthusiasts some light Summer reading.  

Further, at this time, I am considering the purchase of another riding mac (in the pre-requisite putty color) which I most definitely would feature in future photo shoots worn of course with the obligatory riding boots and riding crop.

To be continued…





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Shiny Rubber Mac and Mask

Diner Date in a Rubber Mac
Over the past year, I have received a number of emails from rubber mackintosh enthusiasts asking me to show more photographs of my Weather-or-Not mackintosh, which I first featured in my post Dinner Date in a Shiny Black Rubber Mackintosh back on February 14, 2013 (Valentines Day).

Interestingly, there are a couple of features which I believe make this mackintosh very popular with enthusiasts in addition to the highly polished “wet look” material. 

These include:  the wonderful cut and accentuated military styling, the extra large belt, collar and wrist straps, not to mention the unique throat strap which pulls the collar up-tight around the neck when fastened.  All attributes which gives one a feeling of power and authority (command) when wearing this mackintosh out-and-about or behind closed doors.

Macked and Masked
As we conclude our four part series on Macs and Masks over at EnthusiastImages.com, I am going to feature some more photographs of this mackintosh worn with an assortment of masks and hoods.  I have also posted a live action clip on YouTube.com titled “Shiny Rubber Mac and Mask” recorded back in 2010.    

Certainly, this is one of my most popular mackintoshes with enthusiasts and one of my own personal favourites which (as you can see) I really do wear out and about.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rubber Rainwear Purists

Shiny Black Rubber Cape
Over the years,  a number of rubber fetish publications have gone to great lengths to explain to their readers that rubber rainwear enthusiasts (rubber rainwearists) are purists who “take a dim view of pages devoted to shiny plastic or nylon raingear which includes mackintoshes and capes”. 

While this may or may not be true,  I happen to believe that generally speaking rubber rainwearists based on my own personal experiences and observations, are open minded and enjoy experiencing the virtues of rainwear manufactured in a variety of different materials.

Certainly, shiny black rubber mackintoshes and capes are always top of the popularity lists, closely followed by the classic white “rubberized” riding mac.   But there are also many rubber rainwearists who adore the classic Burberry style trench coat in cotton gabardine or the sexy plastic mackintosh in various styles and colors.  Not to mention nylon raingear, which includes those bright yellow rain jackets and coveralls.

I have to admit however, there are several qualities and benefits that rubber mackintoshes and capes have over gabardine cotton, plastic or nylon rainwear.  These include, that alluring rustling and swishing sound as the folds of rubberized or shiny black surfaced material collide as wearer walks across a room, coupled with that distinctive and some might say provocative natural rubber aroma which is still found in some rubber macs and capes today.  Plus, an impermeable rubber mackintosh is a highly practical item of rainwear on a wet and windy day.

Recently, I was looking at search engine data received from Google which points visitors from around the world to this blog and happened to notice that the most common search words used to find us include the words:  rubber mac, rubber mackintosh and rubber mackintoshes.

Frequently, these are also accompanied by search terms and phrases which suggest to me, that many visitors are seeking content which goes far beyond the appreciation of rustling mackintoshes and delightful rubber aromas and into a world of domination, restriction and unadulterated sex dressed head to toe in rubberwear.  
Interestingly, seldom are the words plastic mac, plastic mackintosh or plastic mackintoshes
used in these searches.

In a world where the use of natural rubber for clothing and footwear is diminishing there still appears to be no shortage of rubber rainwearists out there actively pursuing their lifelong passion.  Which I guess makes them collectively “purists” which is fine with me.  

Monday, April 28, 2014

Macs and Masks (A Retrospective)

Atomage Image
Back in the 1970’s, there was a bookshop near  Paddington Station, London which carried the latest editions of Atomage, Pussycat and Smooth magazines along with a respectable selection of back issues and supplements including the highly regarded Atomage Bondage, Dressing for Pleasure and Rubberist specials. Unless you knew where to look, you would most likely never find these magazines squirreled away in a corner of the shop near the photography and contemporary art section.

Almost always, covers featuring models dressed in shiny rainwear or any other type of outerwear were given precedent by being placed at the front of the selection.  However, a female wearing a rubber mackintosh with a gas mask or rubber hood was considered verboten by the shops management and unceremoniously relegated to the back of the display, or as most often the case, kept hidden behind the counter available only upon request to regular customers.

And so the cat and mouse game was played by bookshop owners and newsagents across London back in the 1970’s, all fearful that selling a magazine with a female model dressed head-to-toe in a rubber or plastic outfit (and particularly if she was wielding a riding crop or cane) might lead to a prosecution by the local authorities for selling SM related material

While no one can turn back the clock, for rainwear enthusiasts who either don’t remember the days when Atomage  and similar publications were available  or did not live in England, Germany or the USA where these publications could (often with difficulty) be purchased, a new project by the EnthusiastImages.com team might now be of interest.

Starting next month (May 2014), the website is going to publish a month long retrospective titled “ Macs and Masks” featuring archive photographs on the subject of rainwear worn with various forms  of headgear dating back to the 1960’s.

A must see and read for enthusiasts who are fans of mackintoshes and capes worn by that “mystery lady (or man) behind the mask”.

For more information go to: www.EnthusiastImages.com       


Friday, April 18, 2014

What to wear with a Rubber Mac? Leather Boots or Rubber Boots?

Classic Leather Lace Up Boot
The answer of course depends on what you are doing and above all, where you are going.

After all, you wouldn’t go for a long Sunday afternoon walk in the countryside in five-inch high heel leather boots.  Similarly, you wouldn’t go out to dinner in thigh high rubber waders.

But in private, who cares?

Well, apparently many rainwear enthusiasts do; with the group preferring rubber boots (which includes rain boots, rubber riding boots, waders and Wellingtons) substantially outnumbering leather boot fans, based on an analysis of my mail (and email) over the past twelve years.  

Personally, I have no preference, although I do like wearing well-made black leather riding boots which come up just below the knee.
Classic Leather Riding Boot

Whether you’re wearing a shiny black rubber mackintosh or traditional white rubber riding mac, the  military style of the full length leather riding boot  can compliment either mackintosh perfectly, making them the only pair to wear for both formal town and casual country use.  

Rubber riding boots are also a favorite of mine and far more practical for day-to day use.  However, they are not as suitable for wearing out to an evening social event as their shiny black leather counterparts.  

Back in the 1940’s and 1950’s, fetish magazines almost always showed models only wearing shiny black rubber mackintoshes dressed in high heeled leather boots or shoes.

By the 1960’s and 1970’s, rubber boots had started to make an appearance along with rubber hip waders in such publications as Atomage, Pussycat and Relate.  

Classic Rubber Riding Boot
Today, Burberry, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren along with other fashion houses, have made the traditional woman’s rubber boot into a fashion accessory frequently featured in such magazines as Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.  With this in mind, one can only wonder if they will one day return the classic shiny rubber mackintosh to the fashion runways of the world also.  Hey, you never know.

In my personal opinion, the choice of what boots to wear with any mackintosh comes down to what will make him happy.  It’s that simple.