Chairman and managing director of fashion chain Raymond Ltd, Gautam Hari Singhania, has attacked Lakme India Fashion Week, accusing it of being a purely social event.

Singhania said that the seven-year-old event, at which Raymond's chain Be: has been one of the largest buyers at since it began, focused too much on glamour and featured very few buyers.

He said that, despite Be:'s scale, he still had yet to receive an official invitation to the Fashion Week but had attended out of personal interest. 

Singhania added that he had been asked for passes from international buyers but that celebrities had used them all up, showing that "business doesn't get the kind of prominence it should" at the event.

The event's organiser, The Fashion Design Council of India, said that almost 60 global and 100 domestic buyers attended this year. Its officials defend the show's scale and argue that India's fashion industry is still at the early stages of development.