IDK about you, butter um, in my humble opinion, I -personally- feel as though a Couture show should be just that, high-and-mighty and not low-and-accessible...
With the Paris, Haute-Couture collections taking place recently, it usually marks the occasion of high society balls and seasonal galas, events that conjure up the notion of pomp, circumstance and grandeur!!!
Couturiers tend to be excellent showmen, and look forward to the twice-yearly event (during the onset of Spring and Fall), where they can abandon the burden of designing clothing for commercial purposes, and feel free to truly create art, for arts sake; pulling out all the stops in order to give fans/customers an unrelenting look into the mind of a fashion designer.
However (and increasingly so), a number of fashion designers have been lacking in the department of creativity and have apparently abandoned the once-prominent practice of over-the-top, fashion show presentation. I don't know if it's either because most of today's designers don't have an atelier (which is a studio/workshop that is exclusively dedicated to the craftsmanship of hand-made, painstakingly intricate designs and exquisite sewing patterns), or they don't know how to create couture.
As well, I've noticed that a lot of designers that do have ateliers, are leaning more towards presenting couture collections that mimic the structure of pret-a-porter clothing; garments shown in an accessible manner and usually styled in pieces rather than ravishing gown or decadent ensemble.
Most of today's couture, looks as if it can be worn on the streets (even if it took 35 hours to create a basic-looking skirt or blazer), and I'm not sure why that is, seeing as though a special occasion would call for special attire, something of which a skirt and a blazer does not make.
When I think of couture, I think of rustling, silk fabric... billowing hem lines... embroidered, cinched-waists... tons of glitter and mounds of accessories, something like a ball, or a prom (on overload).