NEW YORK — Some marital discord may be inevitable in the future, but the designer, retail and financial communities lavished praise on the union of Calvin Klein’s design and marketing talent and Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.’s financial, operational and sourcing strengths.

Analysts applauded the partnership as a way for PVH to step decisively into the apparel industry’s top tier of suppliers, elevating revenues and margins that have stalled in recent years, and bring a largely pristine designer name with widespread appeal to the masses. Meanwhile, other designers envied Klein’s ability to finance and promote his collection, while continuing to expand his megabrand in a way that might never be replicated.

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